Enhancing the Educational Experiences of children in out-of-home care

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Global research shows that children who grow up in out-of-home care (OOHC) are a particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged group who experience major barriers to accessing key developmental and transitional opportunities around housing, education, health, employment and general well-being. Conversely, children who have good educational experiences and outcomes whilst in care are far more
likely as adults to access normative social and economic pathways. This study aims to identify key causes of disengagement from schooling for children in OOHC and critical points for preventing these students' disengagement and disruption to schooling. This study seeks to scope the perspectives of key stakeholders in the OOHC system – foster and kinship carers and residential care workers; service
providers including caseworkers, managers and policy makers; and young people with lived experience of OOHC. The method used will be a Delphi approach whereby a series of questionnaires, both quantitative and qualitative, will be used to identify the educational needs and challenges for children in OOHC. The findings will be shared with OOHC services, schools and education policy makers to inform best practice approaches that lift educational opportunities and outcomes for children in OOHC.
Effective start/end date1/07/2031/12/20


  • out-of-home-care
  • Delphi
  • educational outcomes