Support for Care Leavers

A care leaver is a person who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, including some point at the age of 16-17, and is under the age of 25. Most institutions offer support for care leavers, but some institutions also offer support to ‘care-experienced’ students, which is broader than the definition of a care leaver.

Please find below information to help support your journey into higher education.

This information was last updated in February 2020.

University Information

Named contact pre-entry: Sophie Flieshman –

Named contact post-entry: Student Support & Advice Team for care leavers/ care experienced students –

The University of Manchester Admissions Guidelines

The University of Manchester Financial Support and Bursaries

The University of Manchester Accommodation Team


Additional Resources

GM Higher Care Leaver Consultation 2020 – review of the pre-entry support and aspirations interventions care experienced students receive to determine what work still needs to be done to improve progression experiences:

Propel – impartial information about provision for care leavers at all UK higher education providers, including named contact:

The UNITE Foundation Scholarship – national accommodation scholarship scheme for care leavers and estranged students:

NNECL – working together to transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education:

UCAS – specific Information, Advice and Guidance for care leavers or looked after children thinking about higher education:

Learning and Work Institute –  resources aimed at supporting care leavers to access education, employment and training – including ‘Top Tips’ for Foster Carers: 

Student Loans Company – research to repay for care leavers 

Coram Voice – Sorted and Supported – your guide to Leaving Care Entitlements:

Supporting the Supporters 2020 – a joint information day delivered by Higher Education providers in Greater Manchester, offering the opportunity to find out more about university and the support available for young people. Event resources:

HE Uncovered

Making Careers Advice work

Making Careers Advice Work

Manchester LA Support

University Support Services