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The Educational Attainment of Looked After Children - Local Authority Pilot Projects: Final Research Report

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1 Acknowledgements

1.1.1 This report has been authored by Graham Connelly, Joan Forrest, Judy Furnivall, Lindsay Siebelt, Iain Smith and Liz Seagraves, with contributions by Colleen Clinton, Lynne Hunter, Jane McKay and Summer Kenesson, all of the Faculty of Education or of the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care ( SIRCC) in the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

1.1.2 Additional assistance was given by Andy Kendrick and Elaine Kirkland of the University of Strathclyde and by Joyce Connelly.

1.1.3 The authors acknowledge the co-operation of the co-ordinators of the 18 pilot projects, and many professionals, young people, parents and carers who spoke to us so willingly about their experiences.

1.1.4 Responsibility for the final report, and its inevitable imperfections, rests with the authors, but it has benefited immeasurably from considerable encouragement, comments and suggestions provided by the following Scottish Government advisers: Marie-Amélie Viatte, Viv Boyle, Sam Coope, Shirley Laing and Graham McCann.