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Care Leaver Covenant and Voluntary Sector Case Study

Care Leaver Covenant and Voluntary Sector Case Study

How we’ve come to collaborate with leading care leaver charities and other voluntary organisations across the country. Organisations that sign up to the Covenant make ‘offers’ of support relating to education, employment, training, housing, security, health, financial...

‘Life of Ryan’ a Spectra Original

‘Life of Ryan’ a Spectra Original

This is a short animation which depicts the care journey of our first Care Leaver Covenant ambassador. Told through Ryan’s eyes, this narrative charts his route through care, detailing some of his difficulties – the ups and downs, but also what it means to have a...

Pure Insight

Pure Insight

Pure Insight is a charity, working alongside leaving care teams in Stockport, Trafford and Cheshire East, to provide networking, mentoring, parental support, mental-health support, and a range of other support services for care leavers. BackgroundPure Insight was...

Go Higher West Yorkshire: A Multi-Faceted Commitment

Go Higher West Yorkshire: A Multi-Faceted Commitment

A partnership of 12 colleges and universities in West Yorkshire that offers enhanced support and various programmes to care leavers on their 'student journey' from school to higher education and into work. The PartnershipGo Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) is a regional...

Barking and Dagenham's College commitment to all care experienced students studying with them

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We Barking and Dagenham College will demonstrate our commitment to the care leaver covenant through the following actions:
 
  • Providing Care Leavers with additional and early support during the transition period including; a dedicated contact for support and advice during the application process, transition taster sessions, pre-entry access to Careers and Student Finance advice and guidance.

  • Providing Care Leavers with additional pastoral support throughout the student experience with named advisers in key services who offer information and one to one advice and guidance. These include Counselling and Wellbeing, Careers and Employability, Student Finance and Opportunities Support.

  • Giving Care leavers up to and including the age of 21, access to Free Breakfast, Free School Meals and Emergency Travel Support where required and eligible.

  • Provide named, dedicated Opportunities Support for LAC/Care Leavers who are able to provide one to one support, advice and guidance for Holistic issues impacting on College life and provide motivational dialogue to support individuals to achieve their full potential.

  •  Providing Care leavers with access to named student Ambassadors and Mentors to assist their transition to Further Education and ensure their progress on course.

  • Providing Care Leavers with awareness, support and assistance in applying for the Higher Level Bursary with a reduced leniency on the College Attendance Policy from 90% to 75%.

  • Making Care leavers exempt from or providing additional financial support for assistance with Uniforms, Kit, Trips, Text Books, DBS fees and External Body registrations.

  • Giving Care Leavers employment opportunities through our real work environments, work experience, paid projects through ‘Aspire’, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.

  • Providing care leavers with opportunities for personal development by guaranteeing places on our Princes rust and V Inspire programmes.

  • Providing emergency accommodation, clothing and funds for Care Leavers where there are concerns around Safeguarding or Homelessness.

  • Providing care leavers with opportunities to broaden their horizons/experience new things by encouraging them to access the comprehensive enrichment programme, organising trips, activity events etc.

We will publicise our commitments on our website, setting out how we will seek to put them into practice; and inviting feedback from care leavers on their impact.

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