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What is the definition of a care experienced student?

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At the University of Sunderland, we have adopted the broader definition of ‘care experienced,’ as this term is inclusive of the range of care settings someone may have experienced.

Our definition of care experienced is someone who, at any stage of their life, and for any length of time, has been in care e.g. looked after by the local authority. This includes the following:

  • spent time in the care of the local authority (e.g. foster care or children’s home)
  • privately fostered
  • ‘looked after at home’ under a supervision order
  • in kinship foster care (where a friend or family member becomes the foster carer). Kinship care through a formal arrangement, recognised by a Local Authority, and could be prior to a Special Guardianship Order.

If you are care experienced, but your personal circumstances do not match any of the criteria outlined above, please contact the We Care Team at care.contact@sunderland.ac.uk or call 0191 515 2216 for further guidance.

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Published: 6 May 2022