Renfrewshire Council

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MEDIA RELEASE: Funding boost to improve attainment for care-experienced children and young people

Care-experienced children and young people in Renfrewshire will now receive additional support to help them reach their full potential thanks to a new fund.

Renfrewshire Council will initially receive £359 thousand to improve attainment of care-experienced children and young people as part of the Scottish Government's Attainment Challenge.

The money will help expand and develop new initiatives for care-experienced children and young people, regardless of whether they are looked-after at home, in care, have been adopted or were previously being looked-after.

Free books will be given to children aged up to five years-old who are involved with social work services. They will receive one free book a month from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Teachers, residential and social workers will receive training from Sleep Scotland to support care-experienced children and young people develop better sleeping habits and be able to concentrate better on their learning.

Parents of care-experienced children and young people will be supported to engage with their child's learning and journey through school as part of a new direct support service.

Care-experienced children and young people will be supported to raise their ambitions for later life and see learning as a route towards their goals through a service that focuses on resilience, wellbeing and improving attainment.

Education and Children's Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: "It's important that children and young people reach their full potential and I welcome this additional funding to support the Attainment Challenge.

"We know that care-experienced children and young people can be disadvantaged in getting the best start in life. This fund will help us to expand initiatives that make a difference and deliver new services that can direct additional support where it is needed."

Additional information:

The term 'care experienced' is now a widely used term within the sector to describe any person who has experience of being in care, regardless of their placement length, type or age.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of United Kingdom is a free book gifting organisation devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the post, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.

Published: Friday 2 November 2018

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