Resource Focus - Children and Young People in Care

ExChange: Care and Education

The number of children in care in Wales was 6,407 on 31 March 2018, an increase of 8% on the previous year. Children and young people in care and care leavers are recognised as a marginalised group and their trajectories are often characterised by early experiences of bereavement, family difficulties, childhood adversity, instability and placement moves, labelling, difficult relationships with teachers and social workers, low academic attainment, unemployment, poor mental health, drug and alcohol issues and homelessness.

In response to these issues the Welsh Government commissioned a study that was carried out by the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE). CASCADE has since worked with the Welsh Government in developing an online community of practice resource to improve the educational experiences of children and young people who are care experienced in Wales – ExChange: Care and Education. The resource provides practitioners, foster carers, teachers, researchers, and care-experienced children and young people with a helpful ‘one-stop shop’ for information relating to improving outcomes in care and education. The resources include;

Blog Page

Care and Education Events

Case Studies


Focus Pages

Care Leavers Toolkit

Getting More Involved in Social Care

LACE Project


Raising our Children: The Future of Residential Care

The Value of Cultural and Creative Engagement

From Foster Carers for Foster Carers

From Young People for Young People

Practice Materials

Research and Reviews of Practice

UK Government Policy and Strategies

There are some examples of our resources below but you can find more at ExChange: Care and Education and we are always looking to host more resources if you would like to contribute please get in touch

#MessagesToSchools Film


Thrive Magazine

Thrive Magazine

Looked After Posters

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