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					                                     Kingsweston School


                                Looked After Children Policy


Rationale

Kingsweston School endeavours to provide a source of continuity and „normality‟ for
children and young people who may have been subject to emotional distress, abuse and
disruption. The school is a place where they can maintain friendships and a place where
they can feel safe and be themselves. We aim to raise and celebrate achievement, in order
to improve the life chances of all pupils, including those designated as “Looked After”.

Definition

The term “Looked after” was introduced by the Children Act 1989. This refers to a child
who is either accommodated (whereby the local authority provides for the child on an
agreed basis with the person who has parental responsibility) or is subject to a care order
(whereby a court order grants shared parental responsibility to the local authority in order to
protect and promote a child‟s welfare). Children in both instances could be living with
foster carers, in a residential unit, in a residential school, with relatives or even with parents
on a part time or full time basis.

Furthermore, the term “looked after”, which is widely used in social services, is
synonymous with the term “in public care”, which has been adopted by the DfES in their
publication, “The Education of Young People in Public Care”.

Aims

      To ensure that these pupils receive a broad and balanced education.
      To improve the academic achievement of these pupils.
      To promote good attendance and prioritise a reduction in exclusions and truancies.
      To ensure that the designated teacher works on behalf of these pupils, as an
       advocate for their rights.
      To maintain a professional system of communication and protocol, amongst all
       persons involved in the child‟s life.
      To work with social workers and all relevant professionals to ensure that each
       looked after child has a current Personal Education Plan (PEP).
      To provide a climate of acceptance and challenge negative stereotypes.
      To ensure that all children who are looked after have the same opportunities to
       participate in the academic curriculum, social and emotional curriculum, extra
       curricular activities and enjoy the school experience fully in line with corporate
       parenting principles.
      To ensure discretion and confidentiality when addressing a child‟s care status and
       ensure there is sensitivity to the background of children who are looked after,
       especially surrounding work on family.
      To ensure that the designated teacher is provided with appropriate and regular
       training and that they cascade this knowledge to school staff as appropriate.
      To seek to review all school policies regularly in the light of the LEA‟s Social
       Inclusion guidance, SEN legislation and joint DfES/DH guidance on the Education
       of Children in Public Care.
      To ensure that a clear protocol for sharing of information will be followed, both
       within school and with outside agencies.
      To ensure that the named governor works closely with the designated teacher to
       support both the child and the staff in maintaining the correct protocol.
      To monitor the educational progress of all looked after children and intervene, in
       co-operation with other agencies if required, if there is evidence of under-
       achievement, absence from school, truancy or other concerns.
      To provide positive home-school relationships between parents/carers with regular
       opportunities for dialogue.
      To ensure that all reports are provided for statutory reviews.
      To provide clear strategies for key stage or new school/college transitions.
      Given the delays that looked after children experience in getting parental consent
       for school trips, camps and activities, we aim to ensure that these children enjoy the
       same extra curricular opportunities as other children by reserving placements for
       them.

Complaints

If a young person, parent/carer or social worker wishes to complain about the provision or
policy, they should, in the first instance, raise it with the designated teacher who will
investigate, try to resolve the situation and reply within 10 working days.

Any issue that remains at this stage should be addressed through a meeting in order to
assess the impact of any such complaint upon the young person‟s education. This meeting
may include the named governor and any other outside agency that both parties deem
necessary to attend. This meeting should normally be held within 10 working days of the
Head Teacher‟s reply.


                                                                             April 2003 – LE
                                                                         Reviewed May 2006

				
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