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University receives praise for support of care leavers

January 07 2013

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Glyndŵr University was endorsed by a children’s charity for being “exemplary” in its support of care leavers.

The Wrexham University had the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers renewed for another three years following a glowing report by the organisation.

The accolade is awarded to further and higher education providers that demonstrate their commitment to young people in and leaving care.

Buttle’s Chief executive Gerri McAndrew (pictured) praised the institution for its monitoring and evaluation of care leavers, and said: “I am happy to say that we were very impressed with your report and consider the institution to be exemplary in its work. 

“The Panel felt it was a strong and honest appraisal and analysis of the provision for care leavers at the university and how the work has developed over past years.

“The university demonstrates a number of examples of good practice and a creative approach to supporting these students, including support for postgraduates, a clear and informative website, and working with the Students' Guild.” 

She added: “The Quality Mark is increasingly being valued as a means to ensure the commitment to care leavers remains a high priority within all departments of the institution and for maintaining regular assessments and evaluation of the work to ensure it is continually developing.

“The framework of the award is reinforced through higher education and widening participation policies and we are delighted to receive full support from the governments and funding bodies in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.”

Universities across the UK are working in different ways to develop the standard of work being done to improve services for care leavers.

In achieving the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Trust Mark in December 2007, Glyndŵr University gave a commitment to Care Leavers to facilitate an increase in the number of care leavers entering higher education, raise awareness of their needs and identify how best to support them.

The university also worked to assist local authorities and Trusts to fulfil their obligations.

Glyndŵr University Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, thanked staff for their hard work in securing the accreditation until 2015.

“This is a marvellous achievement and shows just how committed the university is to raising standards for young people living in and leaving care. Well done to everyone involved.”

Buttle UK is named after Frank Buttle, a remarkable man whose hard work and personal sacrifice helped to establish grant programmes which have been helping children and young people in need across the UK since 1953.

Direct support is based on individual need, either to overcome immediate crisis or ensure the best possible chance of a successful education.

A grant could be for a bed so a child no longer has to share with a sibling, and has a better night's sleep to help them concentrate in class. Or to fund a place at boarding school for a 13 year old with alcoholic parents, where they can get the structure and support missing at home.

The organisation also looks at more strategic ways to improve the life chances of those we help, by influencing opinion formers, policy makers and practitioners. They do this through research projects, as well as initiatives like the Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Further and Higher Education.

For more information on Glyndŵr University’s care leavers support package, contact studentwelfare@glyndwr.ac.uk
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