In August, Action for Children published research which reveals wide school attainment gaps for children with a social care referral.
There is widespread political consensus on the importance of boosting school attainment. However, a growing number of children are facing challenges at home that can hold them back and prevent them from achieving their potential in the classroom.
The research found:
Action for Children are using the research to highlight the need for both the government and opposition parties to commit to rolling out family help services across all local authorities in England beyond 2025, as was recommended by the Independent Review of Children's Social Care. You can find the full research report on The Action for Children website.
Read an article in Schools Week about the research written by Action for Children's head of policy and research, Joe Lane here.