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Care Leavers Oral Question, 21/06/12 [S]

During the meeting of the Scottish Parliament on 21 June 2012 Neil Bibby (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assist care leavers into further and higher education.

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotlandís Languages, Alasdair Allan, replied that Opportunities for all was launched in April, which guaranteed every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland a place in education or training. Beyond that, staff across all agencies that support young people leaving care provide a range of advice and support to help them to access the opportunities that are available to them.

The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council recently concluded three college pilot programmes that supported care leavers. The aim was to improve access to college for members of that group through providing more support and information while raising awareness of their particular needs within education. Additional funds were granted for the current academic year to support the mainstreaming of that approach.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 June 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 21 June 2012