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Systematic review of educational interventions for looked-after children and young people: recommendations for intervention development and evaluation

Evans, Rhiannon, Brown, Rachel, Rees, Gwyther and Smith, Philip 2017. Systematic review of educational interventions for looked-after children and young people: recommendations for intervention development and evaluation. British Educational Research Journal 43 (1) , pp. 68-94. 10.1002/berj.3252

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Abstract

Looked-after children and young people (LACYP) are educationally disadvantaged compared to the general population. A systematic review was conducted of randomised controlled trials evaluating interventions aimed at LACYP aged ≤18 years. Restrictions were not placed on delivery setting or delivery agent. Intervention outcomes were: academic skills; academic achievement and grade completion; special education status; homework completion; school attendance, suspension, and drop-out; number of school placements; teacher-student relationships; school behaviour; and academic attitudes. Fifteen studies reporting on 12 interventions met the inclusion criteria. Nine interventions demonstrated tentative impacts. However, evidence of effectiveness could not be ascertained due to variable methodological quality, as appraised by the Cochrane risk of bias tool. Theoretical and methodological recommendations are provided to enhance the development and evaluation of educational interventions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0141-1926
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 26 May 2016
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 12:00
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/96680

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