Giving children in care a better start in life

Just 6 per cent of children in care go on to university - here Darren Martindale looks at how we can close the gap

How can we get more children in care to university?

"Theresa May is my mum!”

I was somewhat startled by these words from the young man in front of me, particularly as he was addressing an invited audience at our local university at the time.

But it made sense: he had grown up in care and was alluding to the fact that, for children in care, the state is effectively their parent. Thus, our political leader has the distinction of being “mum” to the 73,000 looked-after children in this country. As if she didn’t have enough to worry about.

The man went on to discuss the importance of education and how the support of a consistent adult – sometimes ...

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