Closing the Gap for Looked-After Children – Reading for pleasure could hold the key

There has been a growing body of evidence that reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Dr Beth Southard considers a book scheme in Norwich that encourages children in care to read more.
Group of 3 children reading

Local authorities have a duty under the Children’s Act 1989 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are looked after. This included promoting educational achievement.1 Over the last few years the evidence supporting reading for pleasure as a key component in raising educational and social outcomes for children has been growing.2 In Norfolk, council services are working in partnership and taking a local approach to introduce books into the homes of children taken into care and to promote reading for pleasure. 

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