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Published, 28 October 2019

Further support announced for looked after children

The Scottish Government has announced more than £12 million of further funding to improve the attainment of looked after children.

More than £8 million of Scottish Government funding was spent last year and involved a diverse range of projects including mentoring programmes, counselling services and driving lessons, supported through the Care Experienced Children and Young People fund.

Local authorities will work with chief social workers and directors of education to decide how this year’s funding will be used.

Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for support. The announcement comes as part of Care Experienced Week 2019.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: "Improving the education and life chances of all our children and young people is the defining mission of this government.

“However, we know that many young people living in, or leaving, the care system may face barriers to achieving their full learning potential.

“That is why we are providing local authorities with more than £12 million this academic year to support work which seeks to raise attainment for care experienced children and young people through targeted action.”

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