A Forgotten Minority? Addressing the Educational Attainment of Ethnic Monority Children in Public Care

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Using Social Role Valorization (SRV) Theory this paper will examine how the UK Looked After Children's documentation (specifically the Assessment and Action Records (the AAR's)) which has now been adapted and implemented in Australia and Canada, addresses the educational needs of ethnic minority Looked After Children in the UK through a comparison of their expereinces with Aborginal Looked After Children in Australia and First Nations Looked After Children in Canada. By examining critically the normative assumptions of 'good' parenting' and the ways the concepts of 'race' and 'ethnicty' have been socially constructed within the Assessment and Action Records, it will be argued that an incoherent model of service provision has been developed which fails to address the educational needs of these groups of children and this has a direct bearing on their educational success.

Keywords: SRV Theory, Race Ethncity, Normative Assumptions, Model Coherency, Educational Attainment
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English

Dr. Eileen Oak

Lecturer, School  of Community, Health Sciences & Social Care, Salford University
Salford, UK

I am currently Programme Leader for the Post Qualifying (Child Care Specialist) Award in Social Work. I teach at the undergraduate, post graduate and post qualifying levels. I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Salford and my research interest include: the applications of sociological theory to social work practice, the social exclusion of gypsies and the educational attainment of children within the public care system.

Ref: I08P0135