Moving looked-after children between different carers has a dramatic impact on their qualifications when leaving school, new figures have revealed.
The findings were raised in Holyrood by Lothian Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale, who said urgent action must be taken to stop young people being moved constantly throughout their childhood.
New figures from a Scottish Government report show that 48 per cent of looked-after children with just one care placement through the year left school with one of more qualification at SCQF level 5 or better.
That falls to just 19 per cent of looked-after children who have had three care placements.
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Kezia Dugdale said:
“Looked-after children are our children – the state is their parents – and we all have a responsibility to give them the same opportunities as every other youngster.
“Closing the education attainment gap is supposed to be this government’s top priority, but there is a huge discrepancy between qualifications for looked-after youngsters depending on how many times they have been moved between carers.
“For school leavers with one placement, nearly half received a level 5 qualification or better. That falls to just 19 per cent for those with three placements.
“The Scottish Government must take urgent action now to stop young people being moved constantly throughout their childhood.”