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£11.6 million for looked after children

Published: 21 Aug 2020 09:10

Funding provided for targeted projects.

Programmes to help raise the attainment of care experienced young people are to benefit from £11.6 million of funding.

Projects as diverse as mentoring programmes and outdoor and play-based education were supported through the Care Experienced Children and Young People fund last year.

Funding was also used to provide looked after children with laptops to support their home learning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Local authorities will work with Chief Social Workers and Directors of Education to decide how this year’s funding will be used. Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for support.

To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, local authorities will have flexibility to redirect some of this Care Experienced Children and Young People funding from existing plans to best support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families, with a continued focus on equity in education.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“Improving the education and life chances of all our children and young people is the defining mission of this government.

“The challenges presented by the current pandemic mean that efforts to deliver equity in education are more important than ever.

“We know that there are still many barriers facing young people in care and that they are not always able to access the same opportunities as their peers.

“This funding will help remove those obstacles and allows local authorities to provide targeted help for some of our most disadvantaged pupils.”

Background

The Care Experienced Children and Young People fund for academic year 2020-21 will be allocated to councils as follows:

Local Authority

CECYP funding 2020/21

Aberdeen City

£409,200

Aberdeenshire

£324,000

Angus

£186,000

Argyll & Bute

£122,400

Clackmannanshire

£159,840

Dumfries & Galloway

£310,800

Dundee

£338,040

East Ayrshire

£294,840

East Dunbartonshire

£124,800

East Lothian

£199,200

East Renfrewshire

£88,800

Edinburgh

£1,000,800

Eilean Siar

£35,640

Falkirk

£298,800

Fife

£770,400

Glasgow

£2,065,200

Highland

£378,000

Inverclyde

£168,000

Midlothian

£199,800

Moray

£168,000

North Ayrshire

£470,400

North Lanarkshire

£712,800

Orkney

£26,400

Perth & Kinross

£228,000

Renfrewshire

£520,800

Scottish Borders

£159,600

Shetland

£24,000

South Ayrshire

£274,800

South Lanarkshire

£602,400

Stirling

£218,400

West Dunbartonshire

£396,000

West Lothian

£344,400

Total

£11,620,560