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What is the ICT for LAC Project?

  • The ICT for LAC Project aims to ensure that every Dudley Borough Looked After Child has access to a computer and internet at home where appropriate.

  • It promotes the safe and effective use of computers and the internet by looked after children and their carers and so helps raise the educational attainment of looked after children.

  • A support worker provides support, advice and training to carers and children. This includes a regular updates, guidance notes, workshops and general advice relating to computers and the internet.

  • Carers are encouraged to develop confidence in using computers and the internet which, in turn, enables them to support young people to use their computers effectively.

  • The Project identifies, co-ordinates and advises on various initiatives to help achieve its aims:

  • In the past it has offered foster carers a computer installed with a package of educational software, and a printer. Many of these computers, provided by RM, are still being used by carers and children.

  • Many children looked after by Dudley MBC received computers funded by the BECTA Home Access Scheme (2009/10).

  • The Pupil Premium has been used to purchase laptops and other devices for many looked after children and young people.

  • A number of Kindles and Sony eReaders were provided to young people under a scheme to evaluate the value of these devices to support children's learning. The report of this scheme will be available late in 2012.

  • It facilitated Computer Club for Girls (CC4G) for a number of looked after girls. The Club is not currently active but may run again in future.

  • It provides ongoing support and advice to staff and children in Residential Units in the Borough.

  • The Project has been developed with and supported by the Dudley Foster Care Association, Dudley Council Children's Services Directorate ( formerly Social Services and Education and Lifelong Learning) and the Dudley Grid for Learning (DGFL)/Research Machines (RM) Partnership.