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 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
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.
Useful Resources and Contacts
Care Experienced/Corporate Parenting
The Buttle Trust
0141 778 2839
020 7251 3117
Who Cares? Scotland – Corporate Parenting
Contact details (Main Office)
0141 226 4441
40 Wellington Street
Contact Details (Dundee)
11 Castle Street
Contact Details (Paisley)
0141 887 5563
West Primary School
Contact Details (Lanarkshire)
The Old House
70 North Road
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.
0131 246 94196
HUB for SUCCESS
City of Edinburgh Council
249 High Street
Report: Reaching Care-Experienced learners earlier
An evaluation of the Learning Explorers pilot has been shared. This project worked with P7 students and student ambassadors in partnership with the Hub for Success and local educational institutions.
SAAS link for support for care-experienced students
UCAS information about undergraduate support for care leavers
CELCIS – Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, based at University of Strathclyde
0141 444 8500
CEECEF (Care Experience, Estranged & Carers East Forum)
East Group contact is Lorraine Moore, Edinburgh Napier University email@example.com
West Group contact is Dan Keenan, University of Glasgow contact firstname.lastname@example.org
North Group contact is sally Middleton, Aberdeen University email@example.com
Corporate Parenting: Open University Course
If you’d like to learn more about the impact of care experience on access to education, and the role of corporate parents, the Open University have produced a new online resource in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, universities and colleges. Corporate Parenting in Higher Education takes 1-2 hours to complete and is based on the lived experience of care-experienced students. It has optional activities and opportunities to reflect on your role in improving outcomes for care-experienced students and you can gain a digital badge.