Never Look Behind
In January 2015 the Welsh Government commissioned the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) to conduct a study with care-experienced children and young people to explore their aspirations and experiences of education.
The project's full title is 'Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after* children in Wales', however it is usually known as 'The LACE Project’!
*The term 'care experienced' children is now a widely used term in the sector instead of 'looked after' children, and refers more broadly to anyone who has experience of being in care, regardless of their placement length, type or age.
The LACE Project
Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked* after children in Wales
Dawn Mannay, Eleanor Staples, Sophie Hallett, Louise Roberts, Alyson Rees, Rhiannon Evans and Darren Andrews, Cardiff University
Alongside the report and executive summary, CASCADE also produced a number of innovative visual materials to help disseminate the findings and recommendations of the research to a diverse range of audiences. These include:
> Read about the latest updates
> Examples of current care and education practice in Wales
> Resources used by education and social care practitioners
> A range of articles and reports from across the UK
> For further advice and collaboration
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Aspirations of Looked After Children in Wales
Looked after children's opinions on what needs to change in education
Looked after children and education in Wales
Educational experiences of looked after children in Wales
Messages to Schools
Following on from the LACE project, CASCADE received further funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for work around ‘Improving the educational experiences and attainment of looked after children and young people’
Consultations with children and young people led to the development of these key #messagestoschools: