Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Who is a Looked After Child or Care Leaver?

At Blackpool and The Fylde College, the definition of a Looked after Child is a person under the age of 18 currently under the care of the local authority; a Care Leaver is someone between 18 and 25 years of age who is still receiving support.

How we support Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Prior to entry into College:

  • visits to College and offer of additional College taster sessions
  • meetings arranged with key people to complete initial academic and non-academic assessments, which may include specialist support assessment and liaison with the following:
    • Social Services
    • residential care homes
    • foster parents
    • virtual high schools

On entry into College:

  • access to appropriate support and the development of an individual support plan

While at College:

  • contact made with the relevant local authority to request a working link with either the social worker or leaving care advisor and to request the Guaranteed Bursary evidence letter
  • contact and link established with the student’s external support, eg residential key worker, foster parent, placement
  • completion of the Guaranteed Bursary form (if relevant ie aged 16-18) and arrangement of bus pass/lunch vouchers via the Careers Team (higher education students to arrange financial appointment with team)
  • action planning to ensure clear expectations of course requirements
  • link with personal tutor and senior tutor to ensure awareness of the needs of the student
  • ongoing support, which may include weekly link, check on attendance and direct link with personal tutor
  • referral and link to specialist internal and external support agencies as required

 

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.

If you have any questions, please email succeed@blackpool.ac.uk

External agencies

In addition to the above, we are proud of our links with the following external organisations that support Looked After Children and Care Leavers:

Contact us

For more information, contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team on:

T 01253 504356
E learningsupport@blackpool.ac.uk