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The educational attainment of looked after children and young people

Report presented by the Auditor General for Wales to the National Assembly for Wales on 22 August 2012

The attainment of looked after children and young people is improving slowly but many are not achieving their potential, there is too much variation in attainment, and weaknesses in data hamper its evaluation.

The policies and initiatives of the Welsh Government and local authorities have contributed to some improvement but they lack clearly defi ned outcomes and whilst there is growing evidence of good practice, the delivery of support is inconsistent

The Welsh Government and local authorities lack shared delivery plans and have not assessed whether there is the capacity to achieve signifi cant improvement

Improvement is undermined by weaknesses in corporate parenting and performance management although recent changes to increase regional collaboration may provide opportunities to achieve better outcomes