CARERS AND CARE EXPERIENCED
We are committed to supporting students who have caring responsibilities, have care experience, 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, internally and externally, in order to help you access specific support, tailored to your individual needs.
Within the Student Service team you will have a named contact who can help support you before, during, and after College.
We will support you with:
• Course options and assistance with completing the application and personal statement.
• Offer you a visit to see the facilities to help with orientation.
• Provide guidance and advice on funding, childcare, discretionary, accommodation and travel.
• Introduce you to the Learning Development team, if necessary.
• Help you access additional support services, such as, the counselling and chaplaincy service or mental health services.
• Meet with you regularly and provide ongoing support.
• Discuss how you are progressing with your studies and offer support towards your next steps after College.
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.
We acknowledge that many of our students, in addition to their studies, must manage the daily demands of caring for a friend or relative. As part of our commitment to removing barriers for students with caring responsibilities, we aim to provide a culture and environment which is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all our students. To this end, we have developed a Student Carers Policy and Student Carer Support Plan which outlines the support that is available.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
The Who Cares? Trust
The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. We believe that every child in care should receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and to achieve.
To visit their website go to: www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk
For care experienced students who are thinking about progressing onto further study, there is an essential FE and HE handbook available through ‘The Who Cares? Trust website.
Lanarkshire Carers Centre
Young Adult Carers Service
Are you aged 18-25? Do you look after a friend or relative with an illness, disability or addiction?
Lanarkshire Carers Centre have set up a new project to provide age-appropriate support to this often overlooked group of carers.
The Young Adult Carer project will provide:
• Confidential advice and emotional support to help with your caring role
• Support in accessing and applying for educational, employment and training opportunities
• Ongoing social groups for young adult carers to relax and talk with others
• Support to access benefits, grants and funding
If you If you would like to get involved, want to learn more about the project or have a chat please get in touch:
Call us on: 01698 428090
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit our website at: www.prtlcc.org.uk
Carers Trust Scotland
Carers Trust Scotland (formerly The Princess Royal Trust for Carers) has been operating in Scotland since 1991. We are the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in Scotland, reaching around 40,000 adult carers and more than 3,500 young carers from all groups and communities, through a unique network of independent carers centres and young carers services (Network Partners) throughout Scotland.
To visit their website go to: https://www.carers.org/Scotland