Students who have experienced Local Authority care, whether in residential accommodation, foster care or under supervision orders at home, may have encountered many barriers to learning. A care leaver who succeeds in gaining entry to university is likely to have overcome many obstacles along the way. At present, the percentage of care leavers who make it to university is very low indeed. For these reasons, the Scottish Executive report (2007) "Looked After Children and Young People: We Can and Must Do Better" highlights the need for colleges and universities to develop strategies which improve the prospects and outcomes of this group.
Edinburgh Napier University is committed to meeting the needs of care leavers, and has achieved the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark in recognition of our Plan of Commitment to Care Leavers.
Plan of Commitment.pdf
Although the actions listed in the Plan will be coordinated and monitored by Head of Wider Access & Retention Services, the Plan requires staff across the University to be aware of the needs of care leavers and to recognise that responsibility for actions is shared across the whole University.
We have produced a Code of Practice that lists concisely our commitments and those responsible. The Code of Practice links to the Admissions Policy and other related policies.
Code of Practice for Care Leavers.pdf
Guidelines for Staff are also available. This document aims to: enhance staff awareness of the needs of care leavers; offer guidance for working with care leavers; and signpost staff to sources of help and support.
Guidelines for Staff.pdf
If you have any questions or comments about this, please contact Anne Chirnside, Head of Wider Access & Retention Services, Student Affairs. firstname.lastname@example.org