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Care Experienced/Looked After 

The term care experienced refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care/looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter the length of time. This includes adopted children who were previously looked after. This care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as in residential care/ foster care/ kinship care or being looked after at home with a supervision requirement.

• Care experienced students can experience the following hardships
o Accommodation
o Financial strain
o Mental ill-health
o Social isolation
o A lack of a sense of belonging

• Support for student differs across the sector but can include:

o Offer a named point of contact to support the student both during their application and throughout the duration of their studies
o Provide 365 accommodation in halls of residence to relieve some of the concerns about experiencing homelessness in the summer months
o Dedicated bursaries and scholarships to ensure that students are financially supported
o Creation of accessible guarantor schemes to allow students to have the flexibility of living in privately rented accommodation if they wish.

The lack of a parental guarantor is a crucial barrier  for students studying without parental support
o Signposting students to appropriate support where needed such as university counselling services

Corporate Parenting
o When a child enters the care system, their local authority becomes responsible for them. This means that every employee and member of this local authority has a legal responsibility of care for this child as outlined by the Children and Young People Act 2014 (Scotland)
o Universities and colleges as organisations are Corporate Parents and should have developed Corporate Parenting Plans. As Corporate Parents, institutions work closely to ensure a smooth transition from school, college or university for the student.


Student Carers/ Young Carers
• A carer is anyone who cares (unpaid) for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction whereby they cannot cope without the support of the carer (Carers Trust)
• The impact of caring responsibilities can have an impact on the student’s studies and employment due to additional stress and pressure
• According to the Carer’s Trust, such students are four times more likely to discontinue their studies
• It is recommended that higher and further education institutions have a published Student Carers Policy outlining the support available
• Universities can apply for the Going Higher for Student Carers Award if they demonstrate they provide holistic support to student carers in their institutions. Similarly Colleges can apply for the Going Further for Student Carers Award.

Useful Resources and Contacts

Care Experienced/Corporate Parenting

The Buttle Trust
Contact details
0141 778 2839

Contact details
020 7251 3117

  • Become
    15-18 White Lion Street
    N1 9PG

Who Cares? Scotland – Corporate Parenting
Contact details (Main Office)
0141 226 4441
40 Wellington Street
G2 6HJ

Contact Details (Dundee)

01382 202888
11 Castle Street

Contact Details (Paisley)

0141 887 5563
West Primary School
Newtown Street

Contact Details (Lanarkshire)
01698 657877
The Old House
70 North Road

Hub for Success

HUB for Success (to support those with CE to get in, stay in or return to education. The Hub has an Advisory Board (includes Principals, senior management from CEC), Steering Group (practitioners) and a Learner Advisory Board made up of care-experienced students.

• They work with care-experienced people of all ages. They have helped 56 CE people since the start of the project in September 2018.

• They give individual, tailored advice, and practical support as required, e.g. correct funding, gaining access their records, explaining and exploring the different pathways available. Those over the age of 26 years are generally more likely to find their own way, however they often require more emotional support.

• The Hub encourages CE supporters and those in the partner institutions to be curious and creative in their questions of CE learners with the aim of tailoring support services.

Contact details
0131 246 94196
City of Edinburgh Council
Floor 6
249 High Street

SAAS link for support for care-experienced students

SAAS Contact Form

UCAS information about undergraduate support for care leavers
Contact Details
0371 468 0468

CELCIS – Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, based at University of Strathclyde
Contact details
0141 444 8500

CEECEF (Care Experience and Estranged Carers East Forum)

East Group contact is Lorraine Moore, Edinburgh Napier University

West Group contact is Dan Keenan, University of Glasgow contact
North Group contact is Chris Sojka, Aberdeen University

Student Carers/Young Carers

The Carers Trust (Scotland)
Contact details
Tel: 0300 772 7701

Carers Trust Scotland
Office 64
Tay House
300 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 4JR Information about young carer support

SAAS – information about support for student carers


UCAS  information about students with caring responsibilities
Contact details
03714 680468

Carers Trust Going Higher Award
Tel: 0300 772 7701
Carers Trust Scotland
Office 64
Tay House
300 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 4JR