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Information for Care Leavers

At Liverpool Hope University we aim to support Care Leavers to ensure that you make the most of your time here with us.

What is a Care Leaver?

The simple definition of a care leaver is "any adult who has spent time in care". (The Care Leavers' Association)

The University understands that every student’s circumstances are different and we will consider all requests for additional support on an individual basis. We also understand that as a Care Leaver you may not want or need additional support.

Not sure if you are a Care Leaver?

The charity VOICE has an online guide that can help you discover if you are a Care Leaver and provides information on what support you may be entitled to from your local authority. 

Extra Advice and Support

In addition to the support available from Student Development & Well-being, to ensure you have the best possible student experience, we can offer you:

  • A supportive link between the University, you, and your local authority
  • Advice on the various services and support available to you whilst at university
  • A supportive link between you and your Course Tutors/faculty staff
  • Advice regarding any financial help and guidance available to you during your studies
  • Help in securing access to university accommodation for 365 days of the year while at university
  • Someone just to talk to when you need it

Accessing Support

If you are a current student and would like to discuss your situation further, or if you’re thinking about coming to study at Liverpool Hope, please contact Andee Moorcroft, the Student Well-being Officer. He will be happy to answer any questions and discuss any issues you have. 

T: 0151 291 3827



There is also a specialist Welfare Benefits Adviser based within the Students Union who can ensure you are receiving any financial support to which you are entitled whilst at the university.

T: 0151 291 3708


Social Workers - please contact Student Development and Well-being on for information and advice on helping/advising young people who wish to apply to university.

Useful Websites

Care Leavers may find the websites listed on this page useful, whether you are applying to university or currently a student here with us.

Buttle UK  UK charity providing grant aid to young people in need.

Catch 22 – national advice, support, and development service focussing on young people’s transition from care.

The Care Leavers' Association – a user-led charity run by care leavers for care leavers.


Information on Your Rights

Coram Voice - an independent advocacy organisation for young people.

Department for Education  - Government website dedicated to the education sector.

National Youth Advocacy Service – offering advice, advocacy, and legal representation to young people.


Information about Financial Support

Bright Knowledge - provides advice about student finance and much more in the online Bright Knowledge library.

EGAS Online - Education Graduation Advice Site

Gov Student Finance - provides services and information for those in England who are interested in financial support for students in Higher Education


Information on Qualifications, Course, and University Choice

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