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Pathways to University - The Journey Through Care

Findings in this report are based on the responses of 234 care experienced students in universities across England and Wales, and therefore represent the perspectives of care leavers from a number of Local Authority areas.

What's it all about?

It is estimated that only 12 percent of care leavers go on to study at university. Care experienced students therefore represent a particular type of ‘success’ often celebrated by the care sector. The population of care leavers included in this research were perceived to be educational high achievers, yet the overwhelming majority described difficult journeys through care. Exploring the challenges faced by these care leavers, provides an important opportunity to reflect upon the significant relationships and decision-making processes that shape care for all. The recommendations at the end of this report highlight potential gaps in services, and identify particular flash points that created stress, trauma and tension. We join with respondents to call for action from Government and Policy Makers to accelerate support and promote achievement for those with care experience.

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