A Forgotten Minority? Addressing the Educational Attainment of Ethnic Monority Children in Public Care
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
Dr. Eileen Oak
Lecturer, School of Community, Health Sciences & Social Care, Salford University