Students estranged from their families

Estranged students are those up to 25 studying without the support and approval of a family network

Further Education and apprenticeships

Prior to entry to College

  • visits to college and offer of additional college taster sessions
  • offer of small group enrolment 
  • meetings arranged with key internal and external teams to complete non-academic assessments

On entry to College

  • Employability Coach to support at enrolment where requested
  • access to appropriate support and the development of an individual support plan

While at College

  • Help with student support funds application/s via the Employability Coach (can we link to EC page in website please)
  • Via student agreement; contact made with the relevant organisations such as Carers Trust, or Empowerment (websites) to establish a working link with external support, e.g. key worker, social worker
  • Action planning to ensure clear expectations of  course requirements
  • link with Progress tutor and Senior tutor to ensure awareness of the needs of the student
  • ongoing support, which may include a weekly link, check on attendance and direct links with progress tutors to ensure a 'team around the student' approach
  • Referral and link to specialist internal and external support agencies as required

Higher Education

SUCCEED – if you’re studying a degree-level course:

SUCCEED is specifically for care leavers, carers and students who do not have contact with their families, who are studying at degree level.

Through SUCCEED, these students can access a £1000 bursary for each year of study, a dedicated Higher Education Learning Mentor offering ongoing support, regular one-to-one study skills and/or wellbeing sessions, and other College services on a priority basis.

B&FC is a winner of the Standalone National Excellence and Innovation Award 2018 for supporting HE students who are estranged from their families throughout their learning journey.

If you need to contact us, please email

StandAlone Pledge

B&FC is committed to providing quality support for all students so they have a positive experience, succeed on their chosen course and continue on to employment or further study with confidence.

Read about our StandAlone Pledge

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Contact us

Further education

Young people, foster parents, residential staff and external agencies enquiring on behalf of the Looked After Child or Care Leaver can contact us by:

Higher education

For more information, contact the Student Support and Wellbeing team.