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Care Experienced and Estranged Students (CEES)

At Edge Hill University you’ll be supported right from the start of your journey with us. There’s plenty of support available for all care leavers, care experienced, estranged, foyer and kinship care students. You can access support before you join us, whilst you’re with us and even after you’ve graduated.

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Our definition of a student who is care experienced is someone who, at any stage of their life, and for any length of time, has been in care of their Local Authority.

Statutory care leavers are young people aged 16-25 years old who have been in the care of the Local Authority for a period of 13 weeks or more spanning their 16th birthday.

Care experienced students are those who have spent time in care during childhood. Often, young people will not be classed as care leavers because they left care (for example, through adoption or returning to their family) before their 16th birthday.

Estranged students are young people who have no communicative relationship with their biological parents. Often, they do not have contact with their wider family networks.

Foyer students are people between the ages of 16-25 who have accessed Foyer or other Supported Housing Organisations due to homelessness or the risk of becoming homeless.

Kinship care students are people who have spent short or long periods of time being cared for by other relatives, like grandparents, uncles or siblings, or by other adults who have a connection to the child, such as neighbours or a close friend of the family.


If you are care-experienced and/or estranged, but you do not think that your personal circumstances match any of the criteria outlined above, please contact us for support via [email protected] or call 01695 657320.