UK Care System and Educational Attainment Research Proposal by dannyel

UK Care System and Educational Attainment
A hypothetical research proposal in the flaws in the educational system for foster children in the United Kingdom.
# 96849 | 6,487 words | 23 sources | MLA | 2007 | PH

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This research proposal discusses the care system in the United Kingdom and presents it as an example of foster parenting that has been found to be flawed. It describes the lack in its delivery of care services with respect to the children's educational needs and focuses particularly in the gap seen between children of black and white ethnicity. The paper discusses the reasons for this gap and for the flaws in the educational system for foster children as a whole.

Table of Contents:
Aim and Objectives
Literature Review
Black Children
Neglect and Abuse
Main Issues
Social Workers' Involvement
Data Analysis, Conclusion and Recommendations
Research Proposal & Methodology

From the Paper:

"Concern about the poor educational experience and attainment of British children in care, either by local authorities, foster carers or traditional homes, has been increasing since the mid-1980s (Borland, 1998). The reason is that studies after studies show that while the care system succeeded in giving looked-after children access to other basic needs, many of these children miss out on education. Among these children, the dropout rate is abnormally high, only a few survive secondary education and fewer still progress to college. Moreover, those who manage to hang on to their schooling were generally found to be inferior in academic performance than children with normal family relationships, and there is a growing suspicion that the care system is failing them in this aspect."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bebbington, A. & Miles, J. (1989)."The Background of Children who Enter Local Authority Care." Personal Social Services Unit, University of Kent at Canterbury, Kent.
  • Berridge, D. (2006)."Theory and Explanation in Child Welfare: Education and Looked After Children." University of Bristol, UK.
  • Blanden, J., Gregg, P. & Machin, S. (2005). "Inter-generational Mobility in Europe and North America." Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, London.
  • Borland, M. (1998). "Education for Children in Residential and Foster Care." Research In Education No. 63, Autumn 1998, Glasgow.
  • Casey Family Programs (2007). "Educating Children in Foster Care." Available online at:

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UK Care System and Educational Attainment (2007, July 16) Retrieved July 27, 2021, from

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"UK Care System and Educational Attainment" 16 July 2007. Web. 27 July. 2021. <>