Care Experienced and Estranged Students Community

Are you a care experienced or estranged student? Join our community!

What is care experience?

Anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short, is considered care experienced. This care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as residential care, foster care, kinship care, or beeing looked after at home with a supervision requirment.

What is estrangement? 

The University defines an estranged student as “someone who no longer has the support of their family due to a breakdown in their relationship which has led to ceased contact. This might mean biological or adoptive parents, or wider family members who have been responsible for supporting a student in the past."

Everyone welcome

Anyone who feels they are care experienced and/or estranged is welcome to join this community, regardless of if you don't meet stricter requirments set out by the University or funding bodies. If you have any questions, please contact Georgia at union.vpwellbeing@hw.ac.uk.

This community is different from the support offered to care experienced and estranged students by the University. If you would like to find out more about how the University can support you, please contact Student Wellbeing Services by emailing studentsuccess@hw.ac.uk.

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