care experienced learners

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care leavers

aged 17 to 21 from England in 2021/21.

Department for Education

Care leavers are young people aged over 16 leaving local authority care.

Future U are committed to supporting care leavers access further and higher education.

Click on the links below to find out further information and support.

General information and support for care experienced learners

General information and support for care experienced learners

Here you will find general information and support about access to education and employment along with training advice and the national accommodation scholarship scheme:

LCC Youth Zone

Lancashire County Council’s youth zone offers education, employment and training advice for care experienced people along with lots more helpful information.

BECOME Charity

This is a national charity aimed at supporting children in care and young care leavers to reach their potential and have the same chances of success as all.

Stand Alone Pledge

This is aimed at developing support for estranged students at Higher Education. 

Unite Foundation

Here you will find information about the national accommodation scholarship scheme for care leavers and estranged students.

Higher and Further education advice for care experienced learners

Higher and Further education advice for care experienced learners

Find advice relating to access to further and higher education, employment and training:

UCAS

UCAS provide lots of support in education to help you with the application process, finance, accommodation and settling in.

There is also a video explaining exactly what a student from a care background needs to do when applying and why it’s important to declare themselves as a young care leaver.   

Future Focus

Here you will find lots of support and resources including a guide created by LiNCHigher specifically for care leavers which covers a wide range of information to guide them through higher education pathways, applying, financial support, accommodation and much more.

You will also be able to watch and share videos with students from care, sharing their advice and thoughts about University. 

Care leaver covenant

This is a national inclusion programme where organisations/businesses from all sectors seek to provide opportunities and support for care experienced and young care leavers. The Covenant includes a spotlight on education providers.

Propel support

This is a comprehensive searchable website which fully details all the support available to care experienced learners, considering progression to higher education.

This support usually details the full range of services, including accommodation, finance, and pastoral support specifically available for care experienced learners.

Learning and work

Here you will find resources aimed at supporting care leavers to access education, employment and training – including ‘Top Tips’ for Foster Carers.

Find advice relating to access to further and higher education, employment and training:

Make contact with the university or college you are interested in applying to, and find out what support they can provide.

Take a look at the information on their website. Try searching on the internet for the name of the university and care leaver information to help you find pages on their website about what they can offer. 

Information to support carers of care experienced learners

Information to support carers of care experienced learners

Here you will find help, support and guidance specifically aimed at carers including support and advice in all aspects of fostering and ‘top tips’ for foster carers:

Foster Talk

This website mainly focusses on supporting Foster Carers in all aspects of fostering.

They publish a comprehensive Care Leavers Guide to University, with the last guide being published for academic year 2022-23.

This guide details the support offered for children in care by each of the Universities in the UK.

Learning and Work

Here you will find resources aimed at supporting care leavers to access education, employment, and training – including ‘Top Tips’ for Foster Carers.

Information to support educational providers

Information to support educational providers

This area is designed to support educational providers successfully engage with care experienced students.

 

The UCAS link includes a free online module which identifies key issues of support.  

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

This is a registered charity which provides a membership network for higher education providers and national organisations with the aim of enabling more care experienced people to access and progress successfully through further and higher education.

Office for Students

Here, you will find information from the national regulator for the Higher Education Sector.

Advice can be found about policy priorities for the underrepresented student population within higher education. 

UCAS

UCAS have developed a toolkit aimed at teachers/facilitators to support them in engaging with Care Experienced Students.

This includes a free online module which identifies key issues of support.

This area is designed to support educational providers successfully engage with care experienced students.

 

The UCAS link includes a free online module which identifies key issues of support.  

Advocacy information and advice

Advocacy information and advice

Follow the links below to find out how care experienced learners can have their voice heard, the opportunity to influence decision-making and bring about change:

Care Leaver Forum

The Care Leaver Forum is a participation group for young people who are care experienced, aged 18-25 years, from Lancashire or living in Lancashire.

This participation group is to have your voice heard, have the opportunity to influence decision-making and bring about change.

Care Leavers Association

This is an association which brings together the voices of care leavers of all ages, with the aim of improving the current care system, improving the quality of life of care leavers throughout their life and improve societies perception of people who have been in care.

It includes a section on promoting support for learners undertaking Further and Higher Education.

If you have any questions or want advice you can get in touch.

If you have any questions or want advice you can get in touch.

Events & Activities

At Future U, we to offer a variety of outreach events and activities which are delivered by our central team and by our partners.

Activities

Please select Activities to view the range of talks and workshops that are available to book ad-hoc. Many activities can be delivered in school or virtually, are free of charge and are aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.

Events

Select Events to see find upcoming dates for university visit days, competitions, residentials and more.