Supporting Care Experienced Students

These three resources are intended to support colleges in their role as corporate parents to uphold the rights and safeguard the wellbeing of looked after chilldren or care leavers up to the age of 26.

Transition in to adulthood is a particularly challenging time for care experienced students and colleges can play a key part in supporting care experienced young people to manage this period of their life. In doing so colleges can significantly change the opportunities and life chances for this group of people.

The work colleges are undertaking to support care experienced young people is underpinned by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, under which colleges have a statutory duty as a corporate parent to all care experienced students under 26.

The Scottish Funding Council's National Ambition for care experienced students, Outcome Agreement Guidance, the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant and the new duty on colleges to develop an Access and Inclusion strategy all have specific recommendations relating to care leavers, as do the specific recommendations relating to care leavers in both the Education Working For All! Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce Final Report and 'A Blueprint for Fairness' final report of the Commission on Widening Access.​

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Corporate Parenting in Colleges: an e-learning module

These resources are designed to support colleges in enabling care experienced students to come to college, build a positive relationship with education and move them on to higher education and work.