University of Essex


The 'Pathways for Care-leavers into higher education' project will work to improve the educational aspirations and opportunities of children and young people in care, by supporting those young people over a three year period in the transition and progression to further and higher education.

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



At any one point there are 60,000 young people in care in England. Successive Governments have made a commitment to increasing the number of young people entering further and higher education, recognising the important role universities can play in an individual's personal development and career prospects. Whilst overall numbers of those continuing in education is increasing, there remains an alarming disparity across social demographics. Only one out of every hundred care-leavers in the UK go on to study at university, compared with 43% of all young people. This project will create a dedicated Widening Participation Officer post with the sole remit of developing programmes and activities specifically aimed at young people in care. The Officer will also develop strategies and procedures that could be adopted by practitioners nationwide. The project, which will require funding of £150,000 over three years, will allow for a high level of innovative interaction with young people in care and will allow programmes to be developed and implemented that will make a real difference to the education and employment opportunities available to young people leaving care.