Support for Looked After Children

Starting college can be an exciting time, although for some it can feel a bit daunting to start with as they get to grips with a new environment, a new routine and meeting new people all at once. And if you’re a looked after child or a care leaver there may be additional challenges too.

We want every student to get the most out of their time at college and we offer an exceptional level of support.


How we can help

Here at Swindon College we have teams of friendly, specialist staff dedicated to supporting the needs of all students, including looked after children and care leavers.


We offer

  • Sensitive and confidential support on a range of welfare, financial and education issues
  • Guidance through all information and procedures, including applications 
  • Practical help with enrolling and settling into college life 
  • Someone to talk to who understands your individual situation and needs.

These are in addition to many other student services such as careers advice, travel, childcare, accommodation, counselling, additional learning support and more.


What you can expect from us when you come to Swindon College

We have a team of experienced staff who will work with you - and where appropriate your carer/host, social worker and/or parents - to help you right from the start with your application, so you will be supported from the moment you contact us.

Our team will work with you to identify ways they can assist you on a one-to-one basis, addressing any individual needs and concerns you may have. Our support services are always confidential and we always put the young person first.

On a need to know basis, certain staff will be made aware that a young person is, or has been, in care but they will not be told any further details unless they are part of your immediate support team. This is so we can tailor the advice and guidance we offer you and allow you to maximise your opportunities while you are at college. Any information shared in this way will always be done with your knowledge. This allows us to offer you many benefits including any financial assistance you may be entitled to, as well as, for example, knowing your hobbies, interests and talents so we can help you to participate in college activities.

Swindon College offers financial assistance to looked after children and care leavers at school leaving age, and also if they choose to stay with us and study at university-level. Whether you’re thinking of coming to college, or you are already here, we will support you all we can.

For more information, please call (01793) 491591 and ask to speak to the Student Services Team who will be happy to help you.