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Kelly Stanley

BA/BSc (Hons) Social Sciences


Kelly Stanley, 23, gained a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Sociology and completed a masters in Human Resources at Newcastle University. Recently Kelly gained employment with the Care Leaver Covenant. The covenant is a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently.

Before I came to University, I was classed as disadvantaged coming from the care system. University was the chance to move on and make something of my life, and grow as an individual following my own path. There are thousands and thousands of people like me who leave care every year, and while university is not right for everyone, I think care leavers need to be encouraged more so they can realise their full potential. A lot of the support you get just vanishes when you leave care.

I have recently used all my knowledge and experience from my own studies in higher education for my role with the Care Leaver Covenant where I work as a Covenant Progression Coordinator. The aim of my team is to look at best practice in the education system and encourage collaboration in further and higher education. Furthermore, to widely support Care Leavers into choosing the correct progression routes for themselves. The Care Leaver Covenant works and supports those aged 16-25 who are care leavers.

Having experience of the care system, becoming a care leaver, and now being classed as care experienced has driven my passion to create an environment, in which care leavers can access opportunities and have an environment where they feel comfortable, stable and supported."

Published 23 October 2020

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