A 1996 Ofsted report profiled excluded children and found that common factors included poverty, the need to look after sick or disabled parents, loss of parents through death or family breakdown, strained family relationships, racism, absentee fathers, involvement of older siblings in crime and drugs, lack of parental control and physical or sexual abuse.
If we could be assured that these children are being offered the same care and attention as those who remain in school, we could rest confident that the real issues of social exclusion are beginning to be tackled.
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