Supporting Care Leavers in HE

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Priya Clarke, Chair, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers & Widening Participation Officer, Queen Mary University of London
  • Victoria Edwards, Partnerships & Placements Manager, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London
  • Carrie Harrop, Young People's Project Coordinator, The Care Leavers’ Association
  • Sarah Young, Projects & Evaluation Officer, Become
  • Matt Clayton, Social Work Service Manager, Coventry City Council
  • (Chair) Professor John Storan, Co-director, Action on Access & Director of Continuum, Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies, University of East London


A key outcome of the Government’s most recent care leavers strategy is “improved access to education, employment & training”. It highlights how support for care leavers is now included in around 80% of university access agreements. While many HEIs put a lot of time, effort and resource into engaging & supporting care leavers, they remain an underrepresented group.

Join Westminster Briefing on 12 December for an up to date brief on supporting care leavers in higher education. We will examine individual HEIs’ responsibilities and what more can be done to build links with partners to better engage & support care leavers. You will learn from the latest research and share experiences & examples of successful practice you can take back and implement in your own institution.  

Key issues to be addressed:

  • The Government’s care leaver strategy & the role of HEIs
  • Meeting commitments in access agreements
  • Pathways to HE and the latest developments in the Propel website
  • Inspiring children in care to apply
  • Giving care leavers a voice and latest work in the Young People’s Project
  • Actions universities can pro-actively take themselves to make sure more care leavers have the opportunity to attend their institution
  • Care leaver progression into & through HE: latest NNECL research
  • Delivering a comprehensive offer: support from pre-application to post-graduation
  • Understanding key intervention points & methods for providing help & support
  • Providing information to relevant staff on a student’s circumstances
  • Sharing experiences & examples of successful practice

The event:

The morning session will examine individual HEIs’ responsibilities and what more can be done to build links with partners to better engage & support care leavers.

The afternoon session will focus on sharing experiences & examples of successful practice.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, supporting care leavers, including: outreach & widening participation teams; student welfare & support; senior management; & students’ unions.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 12th December 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Etc Venues Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector
 | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“We want to help all care leavers to reach their full potential, whether that is going to college or university, taking up an apprenticeship or getting a skilled job.”

- Keep On Caring: Supporting Young People from Care to Independence, July 2016

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