Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Looked-after children

According to the latest Government figures there are 1650 children looked after by the four South Yorkshire local authorities and 6370 in Yorkshire & Humber as a whole. This is neither a particularly large (about 5.7% of the age group) nor a cohesive group but it is one than libraries should focus on as part of their social inclusion policies. On the 19th April SINTO is running a seminar with John Vincent and Anne Harding on supporting looked-after children.

This practical course for library and other staff will examine the needs of looked- after children and young people and their carers, and explore strategies for supporting their reading. The objectives are:

· to provide a greater understanding of looked-after children and young people
· to extend awareness of their reading and information needs
· to identify barriers to library use, and to begin to find ways of dismantling these
· to examine strategies for promoting reading effectively
· to consider appropriate resources and methods for exploiting them
· to share good policy and practice and identify ways to develop and sustain them

Background information on looked-after children can be found on the website of The Network . Here you will also find links to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Right-to-read project which was designed to get children in care excited about books.

There are still some places left on this course. If you are interested in attending contact Gilly Pearce in the SINTO office on 0114 225 5740.

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