The CEES Forum is a discussion and planning space for staff who support learners from care backgrounds and learners estranged from their families. This includes young people from unaccompanied asylum seeker backgrounds.


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

E-communities of practice

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessHE has cancelled all scheduled in-person events, meetings and activity indefinitely. We see this period of virtual engagement as an opportunity to extend the ways in which the Forum can support members and partners through virtual “communities of practice”. The Forum will meet for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year virtually.

To join the e-community (Microsoft Teams) or for general inquiries, please contact us.

Resource hub

A repository of historic materials, papers and resources related to the Forum. Click here for access (password-protected).

To request password access, please contact us or message us on Microsoft Teams.

Pre 2020

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.

2020 and beyond

Under the direction of a new Chair, the CEES Forum delivered an IAG coffee morning event series for guardians, kinship carers and foster carers; tailored support offering for estranged students and has successfully engaged virtual school, local authority and FE college representatives from across the capital.

2020-21 meetings