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dc.contributor.authorDarmody, Merike
dc.contributor.authorMcMahon, Lean
dc.contributor.authorBanks, Joanne
dc.contributor.authorGilligan, Robbie
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-02T11:26:59Z
dc.date.available2014-05-02T11:26:59Z
dc.date.issued2013-05
dc.identifier.citationDarmody M, McMahon L, Banks J, Gilligan R. Education of children in care in Ireland: An exploratory study. Dublin: OCO; 2013.en_GB
dc.identifier.isbn9781907074240
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/316454
dc.descriptionResearch from the English-speaking world consistently shows that children1 leaving the care of the State2 tend to have lower levels of educational attainment and higher rates of unemployment and social disadvantage than other young people. Recent research has argued that difficulties in schooling and education experienced by children living in care lie ‘far more in the care and education systems than in the children themselves’ (Jackson and McParlin, 2006: 91). Approximately 6,000 children are currently in the care of the State in Ireland, but little is known about their educational experiences and outcomes. This report presents the results of an exploratory study on education for children in care in Ireland. The overarching aim of this study is to identify how the Irish education system can best support attendance, participation and attainment in education by children in care. In addressing this aim, the study addresses the following three research questions: 1. Does a care background influence the educational experiences of children in care? 2. What are the main factors in the social and academic spheres that impact on the educational experiences of children in care? 3. What are the expectations of people working with children in care for the future lives of these children and young people (e.g. further education, training, and jobs/ employment)? The study engages with and builds on existing knowledge in Ireland and other jurisdictions and seeks to identify practical solutions that could be implemented in order to improve educational access, participation and attainment among children in care in Ireland. The research study comprised three phases. Phase 1 constituted an analysis of existing international and Irish research as well as an overview of four case-study jurisdictions (i.e., Victoria, Australia; Ontario, Canada; Scotland; and Northern Ireland) to highlight examples of good practice in addressing the educational needs of children in care. Phase 2 involved interviews with key stakeholders, including social workers, school principals and deputy-principals, foster parents, and policy-makers in relevant areas. Phase 3 involved interviews with children in care and those who had left the care system.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOmbudsman for Children Office (OCO)en_GB
dc.subjectCHILD IN CAREen_GB
dc.subjectEDUCATIONen_GB
dc.titleEducation of children in care in Ireland: An exploratory studyen_GB
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentThe Economic and Social Research Institute and Children’s Research Centre, Trinity Collegeen_GB
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