LSC – National Care Leavers Week

National Care Leavers Week

National Care Leavers Week, to 30 October 2015

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What is going on?


New website aims to propel care leavers into higher education

New, fully searchable website, which provides care leavers with information on the support available to them from colleges and universities offering higher education (HE) courses across the UK. The website, developed by The Who Care? Trust.

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Supporting Care Leavers in Further Education toolkit, NIACE

This guide, designed to reflect and build on the excellent practice developed by Buttle, through the FE Quality Mark, describes effective approaches across the UK, showcasing four colleges that achieved the Buttle UK Quality Mark.

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National Network for the Education of Care leavers (NNECL): National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO)

A national network with regional partnerships of universities and other agencies across England – whose mission is to:  “transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education so that they thrive throughout their lives and careers, by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.”

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has funded NNECL to set up a National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO), led by the University of Winchester. Further information:

‘NEW STARTS: the challenges of Higher Education without the support of a family network’, the Unite Foundation and StandAlone

Published 3 September 2015 with the view to building a broad picture of the profile and key behaviours of care leavers and estranged students during their time studying in higher education. Full of useful statistics and information, and has important actionable recommendations. 9338 – the number of students who are estranged from their parents received full support from Student Finance England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2013/14 Further information:

Access all Areas: Messages from Care Leavers to the Government

Newly released another report called “Access all areas: Messages from Care Leavers to the Government” in which the coalition of Care Leavers from across England tell the government what policies and supports need KEPT, KICKED, and CHANGED. Further information:

Understanding Care Experience with the Rees Foundation’s new resource.

The Rees Foundation has been working in collaboration with a dozen care-experienced people from diverse backgrounds and care experiences (ranging in age from 18 to 31 years old) to produce the broadest and most comprehensive insight into how care experience affects personal development on the market, Living With Strangers.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of Living with Strangers goes into the Rees Foundation’s crisis fund for care leavers.Trailer:

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