New survey shows NEET figure for children in care is zero

New figures for Bradford District show that the number of children aged 16 who are looked after and who are not in education, employment and training (NEET) is currently zero.

The figure comes as part of a 'snapshot' survey which takes place in November each year for Year 12 students.

The survey covers different categories for NEET young people, including vulnerable groups.

This is the first time ever that Bradford District has recorded a zero figure for a vulnerable NEET group. The equivalent figure for 2016 was 10.1%.

The Council works in partnership with a range of organisations, including Prospects, Connexions, and local schools and colleges, to work with young people and help them find positive ways forward in education or training that will benefit them in the future.

The Virtual School for looked after children, which supports young people in care, and the Council's Through Care Team, also play a key role in working with schools and colleges so that young people keep accessing education. They provide bespoke support to help young apprentices sustain their attendance, and provide support for young mums and care leavers with disabilities to help them find employment opportunities.   

Michael Jameson, strategic director of children’s services, said: "We're aware that this is a snapshot survey but it is a really positive achievement. The zero NEET figure is unprecedented in our District. It indicates that vulnerable young people are finding pathways that will give them better opportunities for training and work. It's good news which comes on the back of progress being made in other areas of education across our District."

Cllr Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: "This is excellent news. Great credit needs to go to the young people who have taken the positive step to go into education and training. A lot of partnership work goes in to supporting the vulnerable young people in our district who often face more difficult challenges. This joined up approach to raising attainment reflects the ambition of our Education Covenant."

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