The UK is miles ahead of Australia when it comes to supporting Care Leavers to study at universities and other institutions for post-secondary schooling.
What’s more, the UK is making a determined effort to increase the number of Care Leavers entering and staying in education after the age of 16. We all know the close correlation between a good education and whole-of-life chances, so this is a smart move.
Many British tertiary institutions offer special support including
- bursaries and scholarships,
- year round accommodation and
- designated staff acting as contact and support people.
Some even have a dedicated webpage for Care Leavers to tell them about help that is available.
Have a look at this Higher Education Handbook for Care Leavers
In Australia, it’s still the case that young people leaving ‘care’ are not encouraged to think about university – and, unlike in the UK, there are no funds for that purpose.
Another informative website
An extract from the site: INFORMATION FOR CARE LEAVERS
Whether you are a looked after child or care leaver- look out for further education colleges and universtities that have been accredited with the Quality Mark.
It ensures that the institution is commited to you and at the very least you can expect