CARE EXPERIENCED STUDENTS
We are fully committed to supporting students who have care experience, are currently in care, or are about to leave care. Our dedicated Student Services team will work closely with you to ensure you have all the support you need to facilitate a smooth transition and help prepare you for college life. We will work in partnership with other support services and agencies, both internally and externally, in order to help you access specific support, tailored to your individual needs.
The type of support available to you includes:
• 1:1 tailored support from the Guidance and Support Advisor as your named staff contact.
• Discussion of course options and assistance with completing the application and personal statement.
• Arranging a visit to the College to see the facilities and help with orientation.
• Providing guidance and advice on funding, childcare, discretionary, accommodation and travel.
• Fast-track of your Bursary and Discretionary funding applications.
• Introduction to the Learning Development team, if necessary.
• Assisting with access to additional support services, such as in-house counselling, pastoral support or mental health services.
• Regular meetings with you to review ongoing support.
• Discussion on how you are progressing with your studies and to offer support towards taking your next steps after College.
If you would like further information on the support available to you, then visit the Advice Centre and speak with a member of the Student Services team or self-refer by signing into the Student Portal and clicking on the ‘Care Experienced’ button. This will automatically generate a message to the Guidance and Support advisor who will then contact you to discuss the support available before, during and after College. Alternatively, email the dedicated Student.Support@slc.ac.uk email and a member of the team will contact you directly.
As part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 Part 9, the College is identified as a ‘corporate parent’. These duties and responsibilities ensure the attention and resources of the College are focused on the supporting, promoting and the wellbeing of looked after children and young people. The legislation includes those children in foster care, residential care, secure care, looked after at home in compulsory supervision orders and those in formal kinship care. The College recognises that these individuals are among some of the most vulnerable groups in our society, often have complex support needs and may have experienced trauma, loss or distress. We are committed to taking the necessary actions to promote and support the health and wellbeing of these individuals to ensure they fulfil their potential and move to a positive outcome.
The College has developed a strategy and action plan in regard to how we plan to facilitate this support.
CARE EXPERIENCED BURSARY
Care Experienced students undertaking a qualifying FE course are eligible to apply for a Care Experienced Student Bursary. The maximum award currently available is £8,100.
Criteria for claiming the Care Experienced Student Bursary is as follows:
• You have ever been looked after by a Local Authority in the UK: and
• You are under 26 on the first day of the first academic year of your course (the relevant date).
For most students, who start in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.
Please select the Care Experienced Student Bursary box on the application form to confirm you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
Students applying for HE funding should contact SAAS for further information on the Care Experienced Student Bursary (www.saas.gov.uk)
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
Become is a charity for children in care and young care leavers in the UK. They were established in 1992 and work to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of young care leavers. In November 2016 they changed their name from The Who Cares? Trust to Become.
To visit their website, go to: www.becomecharity.org.uk
Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland. They support those with care experience to make sure their voice is heard in a number of ways.
Propel is a comprehensive online resource for care leavers with information about the support available to them from colleges and universities throughout the UK.