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To mark the start of National Care Leavers Week 2015, a major project to support young care leavers in Scotland has been announced today. The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant asks corporate parents and others with a role to play in the lives of care leavers to take a bold step…
The Who Cares? Trust has created Propel, an online resource providing full information about UK educational institutions’ pastoral and financial provision for care leavers, as well as inspirational stories from care-experienced students who have successfully made the transition from care to higher education. The charity hopes the new website will…
A new scheme designed to encourage more looked after children into higher education has been launched by the University of Wolverhampton. Aspire2Uni, spearheaded by the University’s Access and Outreach department, aims to raise the educational aspirations of children from care backgrounds by engaging with carers, educators and young people. It…
Thousands of apprenticeships should be reserved for 16 to 18-year-olds who are being fostered in the care system, the Government is being urged. Barnardo's said 20,000 placements should be made available in England to help the thousands of young people who are being looked after by the state. Barnardo's chief…
The University of Strathclyde will further strengthen its support for young people in, and leaving, the care system with the launch of a new mentoring scheme. The scheme is part of the University’s commitment to widening access to its courses and services to as many people as possible. The mentoring…
New funding for an In Work Support package for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people has been announced by the Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment. The £302,500 funding will work alongside Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive and be directed at those who face the most significant barriers when accessing…
Too many young people in care are not receiving the support they need when they leave to start life on their own, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that while the Government had made a commitment to improve support for care leavers, the life…
Young people with a background in care have taken part in a summer school at Cardiff University which aims to give them a taste of life as a student. Twenty participants took part in the two-day Confident Futures Summer School, organised in partnership with First Campus, which saw the students…
Young people in foster care will be able to stay with their foster family until they are 21 as part of a new 'When I Am Ready' scheme which is being rolled out across Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced. Speaking at an event to mark foster…
When young people leave care, the transition can be fraught with difficulties which can continue well into adulthood, and even for life. The continuity of consistent relationships throughout a young person's care experience is important, and young people say they would benefit from positive, nurturing relationships. However, there can be…
Five students who have been in the care system have spoken of their positive experiences studying at Teesside University. The quintet gave their views at the University’s 'Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care' conference. The conference was attended by authority teams, social workers, foster carers and education staff to…
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are set to benefit from free accommodation and a cost of living allowance thanks to a new partnership between Plymouth University and a student accommodation company. The agreement between the University and the Unite Foundation, part of the group that provides housing to students in more…
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