School Policy for Looked After Children

Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. The majority of Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children have suffered a disrupted childhood and experienced adverse events. It is nationally recognised that there is considerable educational under-achievement, for Looked After and Previously Looked After children, when compared to their peers.

The NYCC Model School Policy for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children promotes the educational attainment, achievement, progression and welfare of children, in order to overcome the educational gap. This is whether they attend a North Yorkshire school or an Out-of-Authority school and for all Children in the care of other local authorities who attend North Yorkshire County Council schools.

All school policies should take account of the particular needs of Looked After Children, however they should also have a specific policy for Children in Care to highlight their commitment to enhancing the achievement and welfare of these vulnerable pupils.

Schools are welcome to use and amend the model school policy, available on the below link, for their own use.

Useful resources and further guidance

NYCC Model School Policy for Children in Care