Care leaver(CARELEAVER)


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Key

Value

Name
Care leaver
Short Name
CARELEAVER
Parent Entity
TypeField
Applicable To
England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage

All EntryProfiles at providers in England where (FundingBody.FUNDINGBODY = Office for Students or Department for Education) and (Qualification.QUALCAT has a HESA level of H, I, J or C or is M0002, M0016 or M0018 excluding H0009 and H0010) and Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE does not exist and the first Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE for the Engagement is after 2013-07-31 

All EntryProfiles at providers in Northern Ireland where (EntryProfile.PERMADDCOUNTRY = XF, XG, XH, XI, XL, GG, JE or IM) and (Qualification.QUALCAT starts with H, I, J or C or is M0002, M0016 or M0018).

All EntryProfiles at providers in Scotland where (EntryProfile.PERMADDCOUNTRY = XF, XG, XH, XI, XK, XL, GG, JE or IM) and Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE does not exist and the first Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE for the Engagement is between 2013-07-31 and 2014-08-01.

All EntryProfiles at providers in Wales where (EntryProfile.PERMADDCOUNTRY = XL, XK, XI, XH, XG, XF, IM, GG, JE, AT, AX, BE, BG, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, EU, FI, FR, GF, GI, GP, GR, HR, HU, IC, IE, IT, LT, LU, LV, MQ, MT, NL, PL, PT, RE, RO, SE, SI, SK, XA, XC or YT) and the first Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE for the Engagement is after 2014-07-31.

All EntryProfiles at providers in Wales where EntryProfile.UCASSCHEMECODE exists and (Qualification.QUALCAT starts with H, I, J or C or is M0002, M0016 or M0018) and Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE is after 2013-07-31.

Description
This fields records whether the Student is a care leaver.
Notes

This data is required at entry to a student's Engagement and is not required to be maintained throughout a student's Engagement.

Definitions of a care leaver / looked after status.

The Office for Students (OfS) have defined the circumstances of being in care as being where '...a local authority / Health and Social Care Trust has obligations to provide for, or share, the care of a child or young person under 16 years of age where parent(s) or guardian(s) for whatever reason are prevented from providing them with a suitable accommodation or care. A child is 'looked after' if he or she is provided with accommodation or if they are subject to certain provision imposed by the system.'

02 Looked after in Scotland (Scotland only): includes all students who can be reasonably verified as currently being looked after by a local authority or having been looked after by a local authority between the ages of 0 -18. To be 'looked after' means either:

  • Provided with accommodation by a local authority (for example, in foster care, kinship care, a residential school, secure unit or children's home, either on a voluntary basis or by means of a legal process, normally a supervision requirement made by a children's hearing in Scotland;
  • or Subject of a supervision requirement made by a children's hearing in Scotland while living in the family home.

03 In care in the rest of UK (Scotland only): includes anyone who has spent any time up to the age of 18 in the care of a local authority in England or Wales or Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

06 Care leaver: includes all students who are currently recognised by their local authority as a care leaver and as such are eligible for statutory support.  For example, this may have been verified by talking to the student personally, by email correspondence or as a result of assessing their eligibility for financial support. This only needs to be established once by a member of staff at the provider, preferably at the point of the student's entry. The provider must have reason above and beyond the information given on the student's UCAS form to identify them as code 06 'Care leaver'.   

07 Care experienced: includes all students who can be reasonably verified as having been in care at any stage up to the age of 18 and cannot be recorded in code 06: includes those who were adopted (from care) before the age of 18. For example, this may have been verified by talking to the student personally, by email correspondence or as a result of assessing their eligibility for financial support. This only needs to be established once by a member of staff at the provider, preferably at the point of the student's entry. The provider must have reason above and beyond the information given on the student's UCAS form to identify them as code 07 'Care experienced'.  

08 Self-declared care experience but not confirmed: includes all students who self-declared as having care experience on their UCAS form but this was not able to be verified by the provider.  

09 No experience of care: includes all students who have been confirmed to have incorrectly self-declared on the student’s UCAS form.  

99 must be returned where the data is not known by the provider..

Reason Required
To allow the Office for Students to calculate the population of Widening Participation students in England. To monitor participation in higher education of people who have been looked after in Scotland in relation to the SFC's commitment to this through their National Ambition for Care-Experienced Students. To allow HEFCW to monitor participation in Higher Education of care leavers in Wales. To allow DfE(NI) to monitor participation in Higher Education of care leavers in Northern Ireland.
Field Length
2
Quality RulesQuality Rules to follow
Optional?
True
Primary Key?
False
Valid Values
CodeCoding Frame Label
02Looked after in Scotland
03In care in the rest of the UK
05Not a care leaver
06Care leaver
07Care experienced
08Self-declared care experience but not confirmed
09No experience of care
97Not known
98Prefer not to say
99Not available
Revision History
Coding Manual VersionElement VersionNotes
1.0.01.0Valid Entry changes have been made following conversations with Statutory Customers regarding personal characteristics data.
1.1.01.1Update to guidance for use of valid entries 06, 07, 08 and 09. Valid entry 09 has been renamed to 'No experience of care'.
1.1.01.2Update to guidance for use of '07 Care experienced' to reference correct valid entry