Care Leaver Opportunity | Details

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University of Hull

Summary:

…is committed to supporting Care Leavers. This is the collaborative, whole-institution response evidenced through the Care Leaver Covenant.

Further Details:

 PILLAR ONE.

Student

 Please detail the full life-cycle support you have in place for care leavers.

When detailing a response to this “pillar” we ask you to bear in mind (and where appropriate make reference to):

  • The DfE Principles for Supporting Care Leavers in HE – which applies in part to FEC
  • That all appropriate and relevant information is kept up to date (and regularly checked) on the Propel Site
  • The CSJ and First Star’s pledge of supporting 12×24
  • The outcomes of NNECL’s Quality Mark Pilot, with the long-term consideration of signing up.
  • Reviewing and improving this provision every year, or as new advice is published – whichever comes first.

Definition;

Definition of Care Leaver on Humber Grant Page.

Our definition: Care Leavers are individuals who have been in care for a minimum of 13 weeks including their 16th birthday. You will be contacted if you have declared yourself as a Care Leaver and will be asked to provide evidence via your Social/ Support Worker.

If you do not fit the criteria of a Care Leaver, you may be considered to have had ‘experience of care’. If you have had experience of care please contact us for more information on eligibility.

Outreach;

We offer the Step Up Move On project, which is a rolling programme, supporting students with their secondary education to improve attainment and realise aspirations. They enter the programme in year 7 and have three interventions with us a year all the way through to year 13. This is delivered in collaboration with Children’s University.

Application;

Contact with care leavers pre-arrival by designated contact. Care leavers are contacted by the Student Life Team before they arrive to ensure all questions are answered.

When care Leavers apply via UCAS there is an option to let Hull know that you’re a care leaver. If Care Leavers answer yes to this question, we can make them a contextual offer which may be either an unconditional offer or a lower contextual offer depending on their predicted grades.

Induction;

Designated member of staff. University of Hull have a dedicated member of staff for Care Leavers.

Liaising with support workers as/when needed to maintain support

  • Liaise with support workers for supporting evidence on Humber Grant, as well as meetings as/when needed to support Care leavers.

On course support;

Financial Support – Humber Grant

  • Humber Grant package (currently £750 cash (paid in two instalments Dec and March), £250 book voucher and £100 supermarket voucher with a Unikit code worth £200 for first year students)
  • Eligible to apply for summer support from the Summer Fund, which forms part of the Hardship Support Fund. The Fund recognises students without additional financial support in the summer period and is again means tested. Humber Grant students will be contacted and invited to make an application ahead of the fund opening in June, should they have a need
  • Students can apply every academic year for the Humber Grant and Hardship Support Fund however, cannot apply for the Summer Fund at the end of their final year

Accommodation Support

  • 365 days of accommodation are available to Care leavers

Graduation;

umber Grant recipients will also receive free gown hire at graduation – students will likely be contacted in advance re. arrangements however the process for this is yet to be finalised.

PILLAR TWO.

A robust employment offer

From application support, or adapted application processes and mentoring, to specific internships, work experience, apprenticeships or traineeships.

 This is very much open for institutional specific responses, but we believe that every institution is in a position through supporting care leavers as students to translate aspects of this to supporting and offering opportunities to current and potential employees.

The University of Hull is keen to explore how, within our organisation, we could respond to this aspect of the Covenant. We plan to set a review and respond accordingly.

Detail how care leavers will access your employment offer(s)?

Please consider the application (including start and end dates), interview, transitional and ongoing support. Please also state the length of time for each opportunity and rates of pay, or subsidy – this can be included in the main body of the detail above and will be drawn out and posted on the Care Leaver Covenant app where appropriate.

PILLAR THREE.

Community

 How does the institution build relationships and engage with the local community?

Consider student clinics – medical or law for example. Health and beauty treatments, culinary schools or sports coaching in colleges, or information on talk series and open events etc.

 Consideration should be given to the advertising and access and / or discounted opportunities, which could be hosted on the Care Leaver Covenant app. 

Consider how this information is publicised, how this might be augmented to enhance the reach to a care leaving audience?

The University of Hull is keen to explore how, within our organisation, we could respond to this aspect of the Covenant. We plan to set a review and respond accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Next Steps

Interested? Point of contact:

 

Care Leaver Covenant

Any Queries?

If you have further questions or would like any more information, you can contact the Care Leaver Covenant at any time.

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