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.
- 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.
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.