Each regional education consortia has a Pupil Development Grant for looked after children (PDG-LAC) lead coordinator. The PDG-LAC lead coordinator is responsible for the strategic use of the grant funding to support looked after and adopted children in education within their region. In addition, each local authority has a Looked after Children in Education (LACE) coordinator. Whenever there is anything worrying you about a looked after child in your care or you simply want to find out something then contact the LACE coordinator for you local authority area. If they can’t help you themselves they will be able to signpost to someone who can.

Contact details are:

North Wales Region (GWE)

South West and Mid Wales Region  (ERW)

Central South Wales Region (CSC) 


South East Wales Region (EAS)


Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales 

Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales: one year on

Making a difference: A guide for the designated person for looked after children in schools

Consultation document on the draft Additional Learning Needs Code, which includes amendments to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Part 6 Code of Practice (Looked after and accommodated children)


Attachment in the Classroom: The links between children’s early experience, well-being and performance in school by Heather Geddes (2006).

Inside I’m hurting: Practical strategies for supporting children with attachment difficulties in schools by Louise Bombèr (2007).

What About Me? Inclusive Strategies to Support Pupils with Attachment Difficulties make it Through the School by Louise Bombèr (2011).

Observing children with attachment difficulties in school: a tool for identifying and supporting emotional and social difficulties in children aged 5-11 by Kim Golding (2012).

The Teacher’s Introduction to Attachment: Practical Essentials for Teachers, Carers and School Support Staff by Nicola Marshall (2014).

Why can’t my child behave? by Amber Elliott (2013) - Particularly useful for foster carers and parents. 

My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray (2002).

Teaching the Unteachable: Practical ideas to give teachers hope and help when behaviour management strategies fail by Marie Delaney (2009).


A. Kelly. (2003). Talkabout – Developing Social Communication Skills. Speechmark Publishing Ltd.

A. Kelly. (2003). Talkabout –Building self esteem and relationship skills. Speechmark Publishing Ltd.

J. Mosley and R. Grogan. (2009). The Big Book of Calmers. Positive Press.

M. Silver. (2013). Attachment in common sense and doodles. A Practical Guide. Jessica Kingsley:London.

M. Sunderland. (2001). Helping Children with Feelings series. Speechmark Publishing Ltd.

M. Sunderland. (2001, 2003). Stories for Troubled Children series. Speechmark Publishing Ltd.

P. Wilson. (1996). The Little Book of Calm. Penguin Books: London.

P. Wilson. (1996). The Little Book of Hope. Penguin Books: London.

W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook for children ages 6-12, which can be purchased directly from The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (C.A.S.E.) Published by The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc., (2000).


Adoption UK

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

Centre for Child Mental Health

Family Futures

Foster Network UK

Nurture Group Network

Post- Adoption Centre

Winston’s Wish

Yellow Kite


Ainsworth, M. (1982). Attachment–retrospect and prospect. In Parkes and Stevenson – Hinde (Eds). The Place of Attachment in Human Behaviour. Routledge: London.

Bowlby J. (1988). Attachment and Loss, Volume 1: Attachment. Hogarth Press: London. (Original work published in 1969)

Bion. W. (1962). Learning from Experience. Heinmann: London.

Bombèr, L. (2007). Inside I’m Hurting: Practical strategies for supporting children with attachment difficulties in schools. Worth Publishing: London.

Bombèr, L. (2011). What About Me? Inclusive strategies to support pupils with attachment difficulties make it through the school day. Worth Publishing: London.

Bombèr, L. & Hughes, D. (2013). Settling to learn: Settling troubled pupils to learn: Why relationships matter in school. Worth Publishing: London.

Delaney, M. (2009). Teaching the Unteachable: Practical ideas to give teachers hope and help when behaviour management strategies fail. Worth Publishing: London.

Douglas, H. (2011). Solihull Approach. Course for Foster Carers: Understanding your foster child’s behaviour. Supporting foster carer / child relationships. Rogers Associates (2013).

Geddes, H. (2006). Attachment in the Classroom: The links between children’s early experience, wellbeing and performance in school. Worth Publishing: London. 

Golding, K. (2012). Observing children with attachment difficulties in school: a tool for identifying and supporting emotional and social difficulties in children aged 5-11. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Higgins, S., Katsipataki, M., Kokotsaki, D., Coleman, R., Major, L.E., & Coe, R. (2014). The Sutton Trust- Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit. Education Endowment Foundation: London.

Levy, M. & Orlans, M. (1998). Attachment, Trauma, and Healing: Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorder in Children and Families. Child Welfare League of America, Inc: Washington, DC.

Mannay, D., Staples, E., Hallett, S., Roberts, L., Rees, A., Evans, R. & Andrews, D. (2015). Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of children looked after in Wales. Social Research Number: 62/2015.

Marshall, N. (2014). The Teacher’s Introduction to Attachment: Practical essentials for teachers, carers and school support staff. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Mosley, J. & Grogan R. (2009). The Big Book of Calmers. Positive Press.

National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence (2015). Children’s attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care.      

Northamptonshire Local Authority (2014). Promoting Positive Mental Health with Children Looked After in Northamptonshire Schools. school/Documents/PDF%20

O’Higgins, A., Sebba, J. & Luke, N. (2015). What is the relationship between being in care and the educational outcomes of children? An international systematic review. Rees Centre, University of Oxford.                     

Perry, A. (Ed.) (2009). Teenagers and Attachment: Helping adolescents engage with life and learning. Worth Publishing: London.

Sharp, P. (2001). Nurturing emotional literacy. David Fulton: London.

Siegel, D. J. (2012). The Developing Mind: Second edition. Guilford Press: New York.

Welsh Government (2007). Towards a Stable Life and Brighter Future. 

Welsh Government. (2013). School Admissions Code: Statutory Code. Document no: 005/2013.

Welsh Government. (2015a). Consultation document: Raising the Ambitions and Educational Attainment of Children who are Looked After in Wales. Number: WG 24124.

Welsh Government. (2015b). Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act (2014) – Consultation on the Regulations and code of practice in relation to part 6 (Looked After and Accommodated Children) of the Act.

Welsh Government. (2016). Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act (2014)

This resource is based on Children looked after friendly schools, which was commissioned jointly by Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf local authorities utilising PDG LAC funding.  The content was developed by Andrea Higgins, Academic Director and Programme Coordinator in Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, working closely with Hannah Bevan and Jess Jones, LAC Education Coordinators from Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.