Young people create new resource for teachers

Date: 4th October 2016
Category: Looked after children
Author: The Young People’s Organising and Campaigning Group (YPOC)

The Young People's Organising and Campaigning Group (YPOC) in Aberdeen has launched a new DVD guide for school staff and pupils, on how they can support looked after children.

The premier of the DVD took place at an event on September 9th and was led by members of YPOC. The group is made up of young people aged 12 and over, including some currently living in foster care, kinship care and residential care as well as some who have moved on from care.

About the content

This new resource explains through first-hand experience some of the difficulties faced by looked after children at school and offers advice to both staff and pupils on how they can help them to get the most out of school.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council's Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, and the council's Champion for Looked After Children (South), Cllr Alison Evison commented, "This guide and DVD are the result of a huge amount of hard work by the YPOC Group to make sure Looked After Children have the best possible experience at school."

How will it be introduced?

A copy of the DVD will be purchased for every school in Aberdeenshire, for use in staff training and induction. The YPOC Group will also collaborate with senior staff to develop new lesson plans to accompany the DVD.