Looked After Children's Education Service (LACES)
Liverpools Looked After Children Education Service (LACES) has responsibility for ensuring that Liverpool City Council delivers its statutory requirements as a corporate parent, in the promotion of the educational attainmnent of the city's Looked After Children (LAC) wherever they are located. LACES provides advocacy support and early intervention strategies with priority access to a range of services both statutory and non statutory to support the needs and aspirations of our looked after children, to reduce incidence of exclusion, poor attendance, under achievement and breakdowns in their education.
The Children and Families Act 2014 requires every local authority to appoint an officer to discharge this duty. This officer, is known as the Virtual School Head (VSH). The VSH leads a virtual school team, known as the Looked After Children Education Service (LACES). LACES are responsible for tracking the progress of children in the care of Liverpool City Council. The VSH works collaboratively with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services, Social Workers, Schools and other statutory partners to ensure we have effective and joined-up processes for meeting the SEN requirements of our children in care.
LACES advocate on behalf of, and champion the educational needs of all Liverpool children in care. This is achieved through a strategic approach of early intervention, rapid response and wrap-a-round support. LACES have access to a range of therapeutic and learning services to meet the needs and aspirations of all our children in care. LACES provide targeted and bespoke support for our most vulnerable learners, particularly, those with SEND, disengaged from education, at risk of low attainment oucomes or with poor school attendance. These services and support are provided for Liverpool children in care irrespective where they reside, or are educated.
A considerable amount of planning is done around the care, health and education needs of children looked after. Each child will have a Care Plan, which sets out how the local authority will meet the care needs of the child, addressing all important issues surrounding child’s developmental needs. These include health, education, emotional and behavioural development, identity, family and social relationships, social presentation and self-care skills. The Care Plan will specifically include a Personal Education Plan (PEP) and a Health Plan (both are a statutory requirement) which will particularly assess and set out the child’s education and health needs. It may be through making these assessments that a child’s SEN will be identified.
Colin Wayland - Virtual School Head
Tony Mackrell - Curriculum and Safeguarding Co-Ordinator
Andrew Williams - Education Support Officer
Catherine Falco - PEP Co-ordinator and Monitoring Officer
Corinne Andrew - Monitoring and Administration Officer
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- LACES Team
- 0151 233 3901
Where to go
- Toxteth Annexe
- L17 7BN