Boosting the achievement of fostered children in Northern Ireland.

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There are 2,500 children and young people in the care system on any given day in Northern Ireland, of whom 1,400 are living with foster families. In a bid to support foster carers to help fostered children achieve their potential, the scheme Fostering Achievement: Supporting foster carers as first educators was launched in September 2006 in Belfast. Managed by charities the Fostering Network and Include Youth, it will provide foster carers across Northern Ireland with independent access to advice and funding to improve the education of fostered children. It is the first project of its kind across the UK.

Through the scheme, funds and support are available for a range of services and resources such as IT equipment, arts and crafts materials, educational tuition and extra-curricular activities, including music, art and dance, which contribute to fostered children's knowledge, skills and personal development. The project also recognises that foster carers hold the key to helping fostered children...

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