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GHWY’s Care Leaver Covenant championed in national case study

The commitment Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) and all our partners have made to care leavers on their journey from school to higher education and into work has been hailed as an example of best practice by the Government’s national delivery partner.

GHWY’s Care Leaver Covenant, recently refreshed for the new academic year, provides a concise bank of information on the support offered by our HE providers as well as top tips for young people transitioning from care to independence.

Our collaborative approach is now being used as a case study nationally by Spectra First, who were commissioned by the Government to deliver the Care Leaver Covenant.

Developed in response to a key policy commitment made by the Government in July 2016, the national Covenant is a promise made by all sectors to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 and help them lead fulfilling independent lives.

GHWY demonstrated our early commitment to the Covenant and unveiled our first document during the October 2017 National Care Leavers Week, a full year ahead of the national launch on 26 October 2018.

The newly updated version has been developed in collaboration with local looked-after young people, HE partners and local authorities. It delivers on a number of outcomes highlighted by the Government, including:

  • improved access to education, employment and training,
  • greater financial stability
  • improved access to health and emotional support

Read Spectra’s case study on GHWY’s Covenant.

Read GHWY’s Covenant.