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 August 2021.
Named contact pre-entry: Emma Lewis-Kalubowila – ELK@manchester.ac.uk
Named contact post-entry: Student Support & Advice Team for care leavers/ care experienced students – firstname.lastname@example.org
Named contact pre-entry: Carl Gleeson – email@example.com
Named contact post-entry: Jane, Louisa, Jo & Liam- Careleaver@salford.ac.uk
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:
Making Careers Advice work https://gmhigher.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Making-Careers-Advice-work-002.pdf
Making Careers Advice Work https://gmhigher.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Making-Careers-Advice-Work.pdf
Manchester LA Support https://gmhigher.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Manchester-LA-Support.pdf
University Support Services https://gmhigher.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/University-Support-Services.pdf