Local Affiliated Groups

Local partnerships are usually self-sustained and owned by their partners, and are able to focus on day-to-day, context-specific challenges and goals. In some areas they exist alongside or overlap regional partnerships.

The aim of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers is to support them, facilitate sharing between them, and encourage their development and improvement.


ACCESS HE (London)

A consultative forum for those working to support progression to Higher Education (HE) for looked after children.

This forum’s objectives include:

  • To develop sets of learning or information materials or signpost to existing resources
  • To jointly deliver activities with the target group
  • To jointly deliver activities with those supporting and advising this group including teachers, careers staff, local authorities, social workers and HE practitioners
  • To maximise opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, networking and information sharing.

This forum meets for two hours at least four times a year.  Dates for all of meetings in 2015/16 can be found on our website: http://www.accesshe.ac.uk/accesshe-activities/looked-children-forum/


Lucia Byrne, Education Liaison Manager, St Mary's University, Twickenham


Lauren Hedges, Operations Manager, AccessHE lauren.hedges@londonhigher.ac.uk


AccessHE member Higher Education Institutions, staff from London schools/colleges and London local authorities. 

Kent & Medway Care Leaver Progression Partnership (CLPP)

The CLPP is a collective of organisations in Kent & Medway, joined in commitment to improving the post-16 education and training experience for local children in care and care leavers. The CLPP is steered through a strategy group made up of representatives from each partner organisation.

Members commit to the partnership financially, and work to agreed Terms of Reference and objectives that are reviewed annually. All members sign an agreement which runs for three years.

The CLPP’s mission is to share best practice and work towards a consistent approach to tracking, data, and resource for Looked After Children and Young Care Leavers in, and prospective to, post-compulsory education and training in Kent and Medway.

All member institutions have a Designated Member of Staff (DMS) for care leavers, and the CLPP oversees the DMS group who meet termly.


Lucy McLeod (Principal of East Kent College Broadstairs, and Chair of CLPP). Email: lucy.mcLeod@eastkent.ac.uk


Vanessa Chapman (CLPP Officer). Email: vanessa.chapman@canterbury.ac.uk


  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • CXK
  • East Kent College
  • Hadlow College
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Kent Association of Training Organisations
  • Kent County Council
  • Kent & Medway Progression Federation
  • Medway Local Authority
  • Medway Youth Trust
  • MidKent College
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Kent
  • Virtual School Kent
  • West Kent & Ashford College

CLPP Group Minimum Service Offer

Kent & Medway FE Care Leaver Support (Sept 2016)

Kent & Medway HE Care Leaver Support (Sept 2016)

Greater Manchester Looked After Children Forum

The Greater Manchester Looked After Children's Forum brings together professionals who work with care-experienced students (predominantly virtual schools and leaving care teams) with education professionals from local universities and colleges with reponsibility for supporting care-experienced learners in their transition to higher education, to share best practice and discuss common issues. The forum meets termly.


Peter Riley, Widening Participation Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University P.Riley@mmu.ac.uk


Manchester Metropolitan University, Machester University, University of Salford, Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Barnardos, Care Leavers' Association.

Greater Merseyside Care Leavers Network

The aims of the group are:

  • To raise awareness of the specific barriers facing looked after children in progressing into Further Education and/or Higher Education.
  • To raise awareness of changes in further or higher education that may impact on this group of young people
  • To provide a forum for information exchange and sharing good practice in support of looked after children and care leavers.
  • Feed into Government consultations as and when appropriate.
  • To facilitate a multi agency approach to support for looked after children and care leavers.
  • To ensure a more co-ordinated approach for the provision of targeted initiatives in:  

               Support of looked after children.

               Raising aspirations.

               Raising awareness of benefits of education to foster carers.

  • To provide insight from across the sector which may support the work of the group


Phil Bakstad, Care Leavers Project Coordinator, Liverpool John Moores University. P.Bakstad@ljmu.ac.uk


Edge Hill University, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Liverpool John Moores University, Representatives from all six local authorities (Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Knowsley and Halton).  Foyer, Connexions. Merseyside Colleges Association.

Greater Merseyside Care Leavers into Higher Education Terms of Reference

Pan Sussex Strategy Group for Care Leavers and Children in Care Network

The aims of the group are:

  • Championing the specific needs, aspiration and attainment raising amongst all looked after children, care leavers and young people under SGOs (henceforward included in the term care leaver), especially in hard to reach places.
  • The removal of barriers that looked after children and care leavers encounter in terms of accessing appropriate education or training
  • Raising awareness of all parties involved in the progress, education and training of looked after children and care leavers (to include schools, FE, the business community)


Wendy Heasmer, Widening Participation Co-ordinator, University of Brighton,  W.heasmer@brighton.ac.uk


Brighton & Hove City Council, City College Brighton & Hove, East Sussex County Council, Farndean College, Northbrook College, Plumpton College, Sussex Downs College, University of Brighton, University of Chichester, University of Sussex, West Sussex County Council, Worthing College.

Pan Sussex Strategy Group Terms of Reference

SUN VCYP (Southern Universities Network - Vulnerable Children and Young People) Working Group

The aims of the group are: 

  • To pool information and share best practice in promoting HE options to vulnerable children and young people, their families and practitioners working with them
  • To work in partnership to facilitate HE progression for vulnerable children and young people


  • To develop an effective network for staff across SUN partners
  • To develop an effective network with relevant external bodies
  • To promote a wider understanding of the support and opportunities in higher education available to vulnerable children and young people
  • To collaborate and contribute to events targeted at vulnerable children and young people, their families or practitioners who work with them


Terri Sandison, Director of Lifelong Learning, University of Winchester t.sandison@winchester.ac.uk or Will Kelly, Collaborative Outreach Officer, University of Winchester, w.kelly@winchester.ac.uk


Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, Southampton Solent University, University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton, University of Winchester.

SUN VCYP Terms of Reference