West College Scotland is committed to promoting, supporting and safeguarding the wellbeing of our students.

Enhanced arrangements are in place for Care Experienced Young People / Looked After Young People / Care Leavers:

  • Foster care, or
  • Residential care, or
  • Kinship care (e.g. living with a relative that isn’t mum or dad), or
  • Looked After at Home with the support of your Local Authority (e.g. Social Worker), or
  • Care Leaver (e.g. leaving care / no longer in care but under the age of 26)

Telling us that you are Care Experienced

  • Are you considering college as a future option?
  • Are you thinking about making an application?
  • Are you studying with us just now?

It is important to tell us if you are Care Experienced. Our commitment and promise is to support you in every way we can; to listen to what matters to you; to assist in removing barriers and to help to ensure you have the best possible experience with us.

You will have a single point of contact who will be a champion for you. 

You can tell us any time but the sooner is always better. Even if you are just thinking about college as a possibility, your single point of contact will help you explore your interests, find the best course, talk through your options, funding and support. If you do decide to study, they’ll even help you to fill out your application forms.

What support am I entitled to?

If you tell us that you are Care Experienced, we will:

  • be there to provide you with help and advice about courses, funding, and support services;
  • help make the transition to college as smooth as possible (this might be as simple as showing you around the campus before you become a student);
  • help you, if needed, to fill in forms and gather paperwork;
  • guide you on your funding entitlement – more financial support is available than ever before;
  • guide and support you during your studies, in a way that is seamless and invisible to others;
  • listen and be responsive to your needs and what matters to you;
  • help you to overcome any obstacles that arise or could become a barrier to success;
  • be there when you need us and as a friendly face just to ask how you are doing;
  • promote your interests and be alert to matters which may adversely your wellbeing;
  • work in partnership with other staff (e.g. Guidance Tutor, Course Leader), the Students’ Association and fellow Corporate Parents to help ensure you are listened to, supported, included, respected, achieving, nurtured, healthy, active, responsible and able to access the fullest range of services and opportunities;
  • help you celebrate your successes (e.g. milestone incentives, cover the cost of your graduation gown, photos, etc)
  • help you move on when it’s time – whether to another course with us; moving on to university; employment; or taking on something new.

We are incredibly proud to be a Corporate Parent and are committed to fulfilling and exceeding our statuary duties under Part 9 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

We build on the legacy of Buttle UK:

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Get in touch!

You may also use the contact details above if you are a young carer or are estranged.

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