In April 2015 Part 9 of The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 came into effect. As a consequence of this act the University of Stirling, as a post 16 education body for the purposes of Higher Education (Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005), became a Corporate Parent.
At present, many looked after children and care leavers experience some of the poorest personal outcomes of any group in Scotland. Low levels of educational engagement and achievement feed into high levels of poverty, homelessness and poor mental health.[i] Barriers to education which care experienced young people face include lack of funding, disrupted schooling, an unstable home environment, and accessing further and higher education at a later age than their non-looked after peers.
The University of Stirling is fully committed to supporting young people who have had experience of care and to fulfilling its corporate parenting responsibilities.
In compliance with Section 59 of Part 9 of The Children’s and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 the University’s has written a Corporate Parenting Plan.
You can access the Corporate Parenting Plan below.
For more information regarding support we can provide please visit the following webpage:
[i] Scottish Government (published annually) Children’s Social Work Statistics, Edinburgh; Meltzer, H, et al (2004) The mental health of young people looked after by local authorities in Scotland, London: TSO.