Care Experienced and Estranged Students (CEES) Forum

This Action 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. For more information or to join the mailing list for this group, please contact us.

Forum Chair: Messiah Odinma, Care Leavers and Estranged Students Advisor, University of East London.


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

Pre 2018-19

The Forum delivered Life After University (LAU) 2018 and 2019 for care-experienced and estranged students currently in HE; shared good practice on student subject choices; effectively collaborated with virtual schools and local authorities; heard from external organisations; explored recent work to support forced migrant students into and through HE and developed knowledge around data-sharing agreements and voluntary sector work in this area.

2019 and beyond

Under the direction of a new Chair, the CEES Forum has strong ambitions to deliver the following outputs (including but not limited to): LAU 2020, an IAG coffee morning event series for guardians, kinship carers and foster carers; tailored support offering for estranged students; pan-Forum policy/advocacy recommendations; collaborative IAG resources/events with virtual schools, local authorities and FE colleges.

2019-20 meetings