This toolkit has a range of information and advice to help you support care leavers who are applying to higher education.

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Care leavers

Find out what help is available for care leavers while at university, and hear from other students telling us about their experiences.

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Finding support

Information and advice to help you support care leavers

The Office for Students (OfS) is responsible for regulating fair access and participation in England. Their good practice advice on the preparation of access and participation plans for 2019/20 includes updated information about on the current challenges around access, success, and progression for care leavers.

Information and advice for your care leavers

Become  the charity for children in care and young care leavers: Direct your students to Become’s website Propel. Here they’ll find general information about moving into higher education from care, alongside specific details about the support individual unis and colleges across the UK offer. Each uni or college has its own page, containing an overview of its courses and the specific support it can give care leavers. This will help them make informed choices, and make sure they're aware of all the support they're entitled to.

Become also publishes a series of factsheets to support young people leaving care. These factsheets cover topics such as financial support post-18, getting support to go to university, and understanding pathway plans.