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Care leaver (CARELEAVER)

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Key Value
Name Care leaver
Short name CARELEAVER
Part of Entry Profile (EntryProfile)
Description This fields records whether the Student is a care leaver.
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, 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.
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.'



01 Care leaver (16+) (England only): includes all students who can be reasonably verified as having being in care on or after their 16th birthday. 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 need 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 01 'Care leaver (16+)'.



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.



04 UCAS defined care leaver should be used to identify care leavers in Northern Ireland and Wales.
For providers in England and Scotland, code 01 (for England) and codes 02 and 03 (for Scotland) must take priority over code 04 wherever the data is available.



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



Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? Yes
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
References
Revision History
Coding Manual Version Element Version Notes
1.1.0 1.0.1 Coverage for providers in Wales updated to correct an error in the previous version. This field is also required for Undergraduate UCAS entrants in Wales.
Valid Values
Code Label
01 Care leaver (16+)
02 Looked after in Scotland
03 In care in the rest of the UK
04 UCAS defined care leaver
05 Not a care leaver
98 Information refused
99 Not available

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