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Overview of the Project

1. Education 2. Caring2Learn 3. Overiew of the Project
4. Information for Foster Carers 5. Information for Education Settings 6. Training and Events Diary

3. Overview of the Project

Caring2Learn is a research project, funded by the Department for Education through the Partners in Practice programme.

The overall aim of the project is to improve a wide range of outcomes for Lincolnshire's looked after, previously looked after and other vulnerable children and young people.  We want all Lincolnshire education settings to be confident in nurturing vulnerable children and young people so they achieve better than expected progress and we want carers, foster carers and residential care workers to champion education in the home.

We want all our looked after children and young people to feel safe and being in their home and school, in order to provide them with a solid foundation to have the confidence to go on to learn, be aspirational and achieve their full potential.

The project aims to:

  • Improve the learning outcomes for all Lincolnshire looked after, post-looked after and other vulnerable children through knowledgeable Car and Learning communities in which our children and young people feel safe and believe they belong.
  • Upskill and support out carers and Educators to help them better support children and young people in and out of their education setting , to improve learning outcomes
  • Promote good practice to support the wellbeing, emotional and mental health of all the vulnerable children at home or in their education setting
  • Encourage active participation in education and improve the attendance of Lincolnshire looked after, post-looked after and other vulnerable children
  • Reduce the number of fixed-term and permanent exclusions of vulnerable children by creating more effective and nurturing learning environments, policies and procedures which meet the needs of individuals
  • Have fewer Post-16 looked after young people in Lincolnshire who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) by promoting higher aspiration and self-esteem

In order to meet these aims we are working together with schools, foster carers, residential carers and Children's Services teams such as the Virtual School, Inclusion, Fostering and Adoption, Looked After Children, Family Assessment & Support Teams amongst others.

The project has developed 3 main areas of work:

  • The Caring2Learn Award for Caring Schools and Learning Homes to identify, celebrate and support excellent practice across the county
  • The education Champions team from Foster Care and Education to offer individual group support, advice and guidance on all things Caring2Learn
  • The Hub Support Network to provide ongoing peer support, advice and the sharing of good practice to education professionals and carers based in localities.

By joining the project you will play in integral role in meeting these objectives and you will also gain access to a supportive network of Education Settings, Carer and Social Care Professionals in all working together to achieve the same goal.

There are a wide range of skills, knowledge and approaches which support these principles and we are providing access to joint training in some of these including:

Restorative Practice is a relational approach to building a strong culture that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment. Caring2Learn are currently running a bespoke 2-day training programme, in partnership with Mark Finnis at L30 Relational Systems, which will introduce the principles of restorative Practice and explain how they can transform your approach to building relationships and resolving conflict with individual young people within your care or within your setting as a whole.

Social Pedagogy offers a holistic way of working with children, young people and families in ways that support their well-being, learning and growth. This involves developing meaningful and authentic relationships that enable us to recognise a person's potential, their qualities, strengths and interests, and to create learning situations in which children and families can experience their resourcefulness and develop new abilities.

For more information on Social Pedagogy see the link

To provide Trauma and Attachment Informed Practice to children, youth and families involved with child welfare, professionals must understand the impact of trauma on child development and learn how to effectively minimize its effects without causing additional trauma. We aim to provide information on building trauma-informed approaches which are sensitive to and respond to the needs of vulnerable children and young people.

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