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.

AccessHE Care Experienced and Estranged Students forum (London)

AccessHE is the pan-London organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups to higher education (HE). It does this by enabling HE institutions (HEIs), schools and colleges to achieve their objectives on widening access to HE more efficiently and effectively.

The AccessHE Care Experienced and Estranged Students forum provides a consultative assembly for those staff from AccessHE member HEIs working to support progression to HE for learners from care backgrounds and/or those estranged from their families. This includes those young people from unaccompanied asylum seeker backgrounds.


  • To develop sets of learning or information materials or signpost to existing resources.
  • To jointly deliver activities with the target group (such as the Life After University) event.
  • 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.

For further information on the forum, please visit www.accesshe.ac.uk/forums-and-groups/care-experienced-estranged-forum.


Elizabeth Routhorn, Widening Participation Manager, London Metropolitan University


Sam Turner, AccessHE London Programmes Coordinator, sam.turner@londonhigher.ac.uk.


AccessHE member HEIs, local authority and virtual school staff, school and college staff and representatives from partner organisations such as Become, Drive Forward Foundation, NNECL and Stand Alone.

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


Nina Vallard (CLPP Officer). Email: clpp@eastkent.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)

The Greater Manchester Care Experienced Education Network

The Greater Manchester Care Experienced Education Network


The Greater Manchester Care Experienced Education Network brings together professionals who work with care-experienced students (predominantly virtual schools and leaving care teams and third sector organisations) with education professionals from local universities and colleges with responsibility for supporting care-experienced learners in their transition to higher education, to share best practice and discuss common issues. The forum meets termly.


Jamie Bytheway, Collaborative Widening Participation Manager, Manchester Higher:  J.Bytheway@mmu.ac.uk


Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester University, University of Salford, University of Bolton, Greater Manchester Local Authorities, Barnardos, Care Leavers' Association, Drive Forward Foundation, GMYN, The Manchester College, Bolton College, Loreto College and Xaverian College

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

South East London Designated Member of Staff Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (SELDMS)

The aim of the South East London Designated Member of Staff Group is to support the achievement, retention and progression of young people in the care of a Local Authority at key stage 5 and above.  The context of this work is framed within a national agenda to improve the education outcomes for care leavers.  The SELDMS group provides an excellent opportunity to network with others across the region as well as keeping up to date on LAC/CL issues and sharing best practice.  Full terms of reference available on request.


Chris Colson, Care Leaver Coordinator, University of Greenwich, c.a.colson@gre.ac.uk


Representatives from Higher Education, Further Education, 6th Form Colleges, Charities and Local Authorities from the Royal Borough of Greenwich,  and the London Boroughs of Bexley, Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Croydon.  We also link with the Kent and Medway Care Leaver Progression Partnership and are part of their Designated Member of Staff Group working in partnership across South East London and Kent.’

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


Will Kelly, Access and Outreach Co-ordinator, University of Winchester, william.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