Borders College

Care Aware

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

As a student at Borders College enhanced arrangements are in place for students who are under the age of 26 and are in/or:

  • Foster/Supported care
  • Residential care
  • Kinship care (e.g. living with a relative that isn’t mum or dad)
  • Looked After at Home with the support of your Local Authority (e.g. Social Worker)
  • Care Leaver (e.g. leaving care / no longer in care but under the age of 26
  • A Young Carer:  where you provide care/assistance, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction is unable to cope without support.

Telling us that you are Care Experienced or a Young Carer

  • 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 or a Young Carer. 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 your dedicated support worker throughout your chosen programme of study.

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?

Your dedicated Support Worker will support you to overcome any additional barriers created by any life circumstances which may affect your attendance, progression and achievement on your chosen programme of study. 

If you tell us that you are Care Experienced or a Young Carer, 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
  • 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. Course Tutor), the Students’ Association, fellow Corporate Parents including the Local Authority and the Carers Trust 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 move on when it’s time – whether to another course with us; moving on to university; employment; or taking on something new.

All information will be treated as confidential.

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.

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ADDITIONAL HELP AND RESOURCES FOR CARE EXPERIENCE

Read our Corporate Parenting Plan

Scottish Care Leavers’ CovenantScottish Care Leavers’ Covenant

We are proud to work with the Scottish Care Leavers' Covenant to help improve outcomes for care experienced young people.

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is a bold step to make the changes needed to give care leavers the bright and better future they deserve. It outlines the cross-sector approach to support the implementation of Part 10 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, by bringing consistency to entitlement and support to young people.

Care leavers often struggle on their journey into adulthood. For many, the leap from care to independence is just too great, and young people continue to experience problems that lead to much poorer outcomes than their peers.

This is why this Covenant is needed - to change thinking and practice and effect a culture shift to tackle these issues

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland

Borders College are working in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland who work with care experienced young people throughout Scotland.

Their mission is to see a Scotland where care experienced people are equal members of society. they want those with experience of care to know that they are not alone.

For further information please contact:

Looking to access Education? - Propel can help!!

If you want to be a student there is loads of support available for care leavers to make it happen. Propel aims to help more care experienced young people enter further or higher education and complete their course. Propel have collated information from institutions containing an overview of the support it offers to care leavers, for example finance and funding, accommodation and application support. For more information please view the following website:

ADDITIONAL HELP AND RESOURCES FOR YOUNG CARERS

Borders Carers Centre

Borders Carers Centre
Borders College are working in partnership with the Borders Carers Centre, who can offer a wide range of support and assistance.

The follow links are external links and open in a new window:

For more information please contact Borders Carers Centre direct on the following details:

Borders Carers Centre (SCIO), Brewerybrig, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT.
Tel: 01896 752431, Email: info@borderscarers.co.uk Web: www.borderscarerscentre.co.uk.

Action for Children
Action for Children 
Borders College are working in partnership with Action for Children, who can offer a wide range of support and assistance.
They work with and support young carers across the Scottish Borders, providing practical and emotional support to ensure they enjoy and achieve, just like your peers.

Young carers aren't going to stop caring. But they can help give you a break to learn and have fun, letting you balance your caring responsibilities with just being a child and growing up.

For more information: