The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) was established in June 2013 by higher education institutions and national organisations committed to the progression and support of Care Leavers in higher education. Working together NNECL aims to transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education, by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.

How does NNECL operate?

Anyone working with Care Leavers in higher or further education can sign up to receive the NNECL newsletter, attend the annual event and to feed into the network or local and regional forums that support NNECL.

NNECL is led by a Board of Trustees who responsible for NNECL’s strategic objectives, financial security and compliance.

The National Strategy Group forms a link between educational providers, their networks and national organisations and agencies. The National Strategy Group consists of nominated regional representatives from further or higher education and members of national organisations committed to the progression and support of Care Leavers.


  • Lead the development of strategy to achieve the mission and aims set out by NNECL
  • Advocate for the network of regional groups and their members with policy makers from central Government and other bodies
  • Maximise the complementarity of national organisations’ various inter-related activities
  • Ensure that local regional voices are heard and represented and national practice is informed accordingly.


  • Champion and support the development and continuous improvement of effective locally and regionally owned, led and managed multi-agency partnerships throughout England.
  • Facilitate the sharing of guidance and policy information, learning and key messages, effective practice and resources and data and evidence.
  • Lead the effective collaboration of national stakeholders to maximise complementarity, efficiency and effectiveness through the above aims.