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Adoption UK shines a light on high exclusion rate amongst adopted children

Published: 12.10.17

Adoption UK believes adopted children are over-represented amongst pupils excluded from school, so is calling for proper monitoring of exclusions statistics.
Adoption UK shines a light on high exclusion rate amongst adopted children

Many Adoption UK members report that their children are receiving temporary and permanent exclusions from school.  A significant proportion of calls to the charity’s helplines, are from parents seeking advice on how to support their children who have been excluded.  Eighty percent of adoptive parents say that their child needs more support in schools.

Currently, specific statistics on adopted children and exclusion rates are not collected in any part of the UK, and Adoption UK , the leading charity for adoptive families believes that the anecdotal evidence they have is compelling enough to prompt authorities to gather the data and rigorously analyse it.

Becky White, Schools Development Officer for Adoption UK, said:  “As a first step we are surveying our members to improve our understanding of adoptive families’ experience of exclusions.  The information we gather will help us to develop the future direction of our education campaign and act as a tool to help us persuade government to collect and analyse the data they have at their fingertips, and renew their efforts to tackle the root causes for these exclusions.

“We know from calls to our helplines that when adopted children, many of whom face difficult challenges, are excluded from school that this can sometimes have terrible consequences for them and their family.”

Adoption UK’s exclusions survey went live on Wednesday 12 October and closes at 11.59 pm on Tuesday 17 October.  Respondents with more than one adopted child are urged to complete the survey once for each of their adopted children, whether they have been excluded, or not.

Educational statistics are routinely analysed for looked after children, and the GCSE results of adopted children are analysed in England, yet exclusion trends are not collected.

The impact of the early abuse and neglect that many adopted children suffered before going into care can be devastating, and Adoption UK is calling for a different approach to educating these youngsters, many of whom are traumatised and suffering from the effects of insecure attachments. 

The results of the survey will form the basis of a policy paper to be launched at the charity’s annual conference in November Attachment and trauma in the classroom.  Aimed at parents and education professional, the conference will explore how to improve educational outcomes for adopted children.