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Support for Care Leavers and Estranged Students

Please note: registration for 2023/24 is now available, please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page.  If you have any queries, please email us at (with your student number).


A guide for students applying to University: Supporting Care Experienced and Estranged Students

Information and useful links

Specific support for your individual needs:

A care leaver is someone who has previously lived with foster parents, in a children’s home, orphanage, or sheltered accommodation. The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 defines a care leaver as someone who has been in the care of the Local Authority

The University is delighted to be a founder member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

Which aims to transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education, by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.



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The Covenant is a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently.

In July 2016, the Government published ‘Keep on Caring’ to support young people from care to independence. A key policy commitment in the paper is a strategic pledge to introduce a Care Leaver Covenant.

Find out more about what the Covenant could mean for you by having a look at their website at and you can also read our commitment to be part of the extended network who are supporting care leavers in England at

For students who do not have a family support network, who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family, coming to university can be a huge life choice change. We are here to help and support your university career from pre-entry all the way through to graduation.



Stand Alone is a charity that supports people who are estranged from their families and can provide advice and support. 

They also offer support groups across the country that provide a non-judgemental space where you can share thoughts and experiences with others in a similar position together.

The University is proud to have signed the Standalone pledge in 2016 and to be recognised for its ongoing support for estranged students in the 2020 year’s Stand Alone Pledge Awards. 



Read more at: Support for estranged students recognised nationally


The University can offer:

Donna-Louise Harvey, Head of Operational Safeguarding (Students) and Institutional Lead for Care Experienced and Estranged Students, is our named contact for care leavers or students who find themselves estranged from their family and will be able to provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation.

Donna can also provide a link between the University, your local authority and/or your Care Leaving Team.

Finance advice to help you apply for all you are entitled to and work out a budget to suit your needs.

For general budgeting advice have a look at our Funding and budgeting webpage.  It has a lot of tips and links to free online budget planners

Care Leaver/Estranged Bursary

Once you have completed your registration and consent form (this will need to be completed every year to ensure all consent details are up-to-date in line with GDPR) your bursary will be automatically released.  All payments will be made via your WLV Wallet account.  For more information on the WLV Wallet itself and how to use it please see WLV Wallet

Access Bursary

You may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries.  Please check our Scholarships page for further information on this and our other scholarships/bursaries. 

Dennis Turner Hardship Fund

Through the Fund the University is showing its continuing commitment to supporting students who find themselves in genuine financial hardship that might impact on their ability to continue on a course at the University especially during this current crisis. 

You apply every year via your e:Vision.

For full information on the fund itself, including a step-by-step guide to applying go to

A guaranteed offer of University-allocated accommodation (52 week accommodation is available).

Access to a student mentor and online mentoring support.

Access to all our student support services.

Have a look at our Student Support pages to see what other kinds of support we have on hand or check out the WLV Welcome Topic on Canvas - your virtual Student Handbook

Naresh Patel (FEHW, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing) –

Suneeta Duroch (FABSSFaculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences) –

Amy Knott (FSEFaculty of Science and Engineering) –

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