Information for Young People in Care

Information for Young People in Care/Care Leavers

We have been awarded the prestigious Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of its commitment to young people in, and leaving care.

Created by Buttle UK – the largest grant-giving organisation in the country directly supporting children and families living in poverty – the charity awards the Quality Mark to colleges and universities which commit to support a young person who has been in care, to access further and higher education and successfully complete their studies and achieve their ambitions.

At all our colleges in Salford, we want you to achieve your potential, that’s why there is a support package available that is specifically for young people in care/care leavers. This support ranges from:

  • Financial Assistance- up to £1,200 p/a*
  • Emotional/personal Support
  • Academic Support

* Terms and conditions apply

Who to Contact:

Student Services on 0161 631 5000

Principles of the Care Leaver Covenant

We support the key principles of the care leaver covenant, which are:

  • That all parts of society have a responsibility to help care leavers to avoid poor outcomes and make a successful transition to adulthood; and
  • That action to support care leavers should be in their best interests, promote their health and well-being and secure the best possible outcomes for them.

Demonstrating our Commitment

  • Providing a dedicated member of staff who will liaise with the high schools and support care leavers from pre- enrolment to completion/ progression;
  • Ensuring care leavers have a priority status in decisions about access to services or support including counselling, careers, support services etc;
  • Making care leavers exempt from certain course costs and supporting them financially with additional costs for equipment, uniforms, kits, travel, College meals and College trips;
  • Ensuring regular meetings are held with the neighbouring Local Authorities to ensure care leavers are monitored, any concerns identified and appropriate joint action/support is put in place.
  • Working closely with the University of Salford who provide a mentoring programme for the College care leavers to assist with the progression into HE;
  • Providing care leavers with opportunities to enter the world of work, including through providing a certain number of work experience placements, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships;
  • Providing care leavers with additional support by ensuring that care leavers are supported closely through the Progression Team and Personal Tutor system;
  • Providing care leavers with opportunities for personal development including guaranteeing care leavers a place on the National Citizenship Programme or Duke of Edinburgh Award;
  • Providing additional support to help meet the costs of living independently at a young age such as help with living costs through the hardship fund;
  • Providing care leavers with opportunities to broaden their horizons/experience new things through the College enrichment programme including sports activities; driving theory lessons, free or discounted tickets for arts and cultural events;
  • Working with other agencies across the City through the Greater Manchester Care Leaver Committee ensure that care leavers across the City have their achievements celebrated at an annual event.