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West Suffolk College

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...

A bursary scheme made accessible to our Children in Care by informing Social Work Teams when the application stage is open. We support our care leavers with applying for funding and assist them with meals at lunch time, stationary, course equipment and uniform and travel expenses

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West Suffolk College will demonstrate our commitment to the care leaver covenant through the following actions:

• Excellent transition plans and programmes to ensure the smooth transition into college. This includes visits to the College, taster days, open events, and tours either one to one or in small groups. 
• A named member of College staff (Student Welfare Manager) responsible for the welfare, monitoring and progress of Children in Care. This includes termly reporting to our internal Safeguarding Board which is governor led.  
• A dedicated leaflet given to social work teams detailing our support for Children in Care pre-entry. 
• Close liaison and termly monitoring in conjunction with the relevant Local Education Authority. This includes attending any necessary meetings to support our Care Leavers.
• An impartial Careers Guidance service that will support care leavers with application to College, transition to further courses and progression to University. 
• A bursary scheme made accessible to our Children in Care by informing Social Work Teams when the application stage is open. We support our care leavers with applying for funding and assist them with meals at lunch time, stationary, course equipment and uniform and travel expenses.  
• A dedicated area of our website detailing support for Care Leavers. 
• A ‘wrap around’ support service in College which includes, tutors, personal support tutors, guidance staff, welfare staff, learning support and SEN support. 
• The option for Care Leavers to celebrate achievement each year as directed by them.  

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