Care Leavers

At the end of 2013, 34% of care leavers aged 19 were not in education, employment or training, compared to 18% of all young people. Only 15.3% of young people in care, compared with 58% of their peers not in care, achieve five GCSEs grade A* to C at Key Stage 4, whilst  67.8% have some kind of Special Educational Need, the most common being emotional and behavioural difficulties

Our recent research (Safle NIACE Lloegr) shows that access to a more personalised Pathway Planning process can help care leavers plan their education, employment and training more effectively, meaning fewer of them will miss out on getting the best start to their adult life. We also urge for all Personal Advisers to be trained in Information, Advice and Guidance to increase access to local learning and work opportunities for care leavers.

As part of our ongoing work to suport care leavers, we’ve also developed an app to inspire and help young people  find learning and work  when they leave care.  The Insire Me! app has been developed by care leavers, for care leavers.  It enables young people who have bene in care, hwo are now living independently and have taken first steps into learning and work, to share their stories.  Users can upload their own stories and can build up a bank of their favourites for future inspiration.  A previs is accessible on line at and will be avaialble to download on all devices form the app store this September.

We are also working with a number of strategic stakeholders, including Action on Access, to support the further education sector in offering effective learning and support to care leavers. Following the success of the Buttle UK Quality mark, we’re working with FE colleges throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to develop a guide for FE colleges and other learning providers, to support better outcomes for care leavers. You can find out more about this project here.

Browse our resources for care leavers and those working with them (Safle NIACE Lloegr)