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Providing brighter futures for children and young people in ... - TACT

Providing brighter futures for children and young people in ... - TACT

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4 4. Building brighter futures for children and young peopleTACT’s key facts and figures “82% of TACT young people who have left school attend college. This compares with 80% for all young people and is above the national average for all looked after children (66%).” TACT outcomes report 2008-09, March 2009 Over the years, foster carers, adopters and members of staff have contributed to TACT’s growth. We now are: an established UK charity providing fostering and adoption services for 17 years working in offices across England, Wales and Scotland caring for around 500 children* working in partnership with more than 70 local authorities* preferred/select/approved fostering provider with 25 local authorities* 64% of TACT children and young people are in long term placements** And we have placed 63 children for adoption since 2006. * Figures from July 2009. ** Figures from TACT “Outcomes report 2008-09”, March 2009. TACT believes it is vitally important to record the achievements and outcomes of the young people we look after. This enables us to improve our services and ensure that they achieve to the best of their abilities. We publish our results every two years in our “Outcomes” report. Here are a few statistics from the report on TACT children and young people reflecting government targets (the data was collected from our children and young people’s survey on 31 March 2009): Health Only 1% of TACT children and young people use drugs compared to 5% nationally (national statistic for all looked after children). Only 3% are known to use alcohol. Safety 97% of risk assessments were undertaken this year, showing a 20% increase since 2005. Achievements 98% of TACT children and young people go to school regularly. 14 young people cared by TACT took their GCSEs exams (20 were eligible in 2009). Four out of those 14 young people (28%) achieved five or more GCSEs passes at A-C grades which is above the national statistic for all looked after children (14%).

5 TACT - Providing brighter futures for children and young people in care “Skills 4 Life was a great help to me as I moved shortly after attending the ‘Managing your home’ session which really helped me a lot.” TACT young person from Kent, 2009. Offending Only 2% of TACT children and young people have been convicted of an offence or cautioned in the last 12 months compared to 9% nationally (national statistic set for all looked after children) and to 4.1% for all children. Economic well-being 82% of our young people who have left school attend college. This compares with 80% for all young people and a national statistic of 66% for all looked after children. Only 8% aged between 16 and 18 are unemployed.* For more information about TACT’s outcomes for 2008-09 contact Hugh Pelham, TACT Executive Director of Children’s Services, h.pelham@tactcare.org.uk or 020 8695 8132. *Better than national averages for ALL children

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