Who can we help?

The term “care-experienced” refers to anyone who has experienced a certain form of care in their life (sometimes known as having been ‘looked after’). This care may have been provided in many different settings, such as:

• Formal kinship care – living with a relative 
• Looked after at home – with the help of social work
• Residential care – living in a residential unit or school
• Foster care – living with foster carers
• Secure care – living in a secure unit
• Permanence Order

How we help you?

  • During pre entry, transition, application and enrolment processes
  • During your time studying at NCL
  • Monitoring and evaluating during your time at NCL
  • After you leave NCL

Key Student Links

Who Cares? Scotland: Who Cares? Scotland is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. They have recently produced ‘A Guide to the Support Available in Further Education in Scotland’, which you also might find useful and informative.

Propel: A comprehensive online resource for care-experienced individuals with information about the support available to them from universities and colleges in the UK.

Student Award Agency for Scotland: If you are undertaking Higher Education at college, you may be eligible for a vocation grant from SAAS which helps with your accommodation costs during the summer holiday that falls between each year of your course.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

Child Poverty Action Group: You can read about the benefits for care-experienced students by downloading the factsheet on their website. 

You can also find out about Advocacy for Children's Hearings here. 

Key contacts

Coatbridge Campus

Linda Buchanan - Student Adviser

Paula Etherson - Student Adviser

To book an appointment, please email StudentAdviser@nclan.ac.uk

Cumbernauld Campus

Alison Fernand - Student Adviser

Paula Etherson - Student Adviser

To book an appointment, please email StudentAdviser@nclan.ac.uk

Motherwell Campus

Linda Williamson - Corporate Parent Co-ordinator
E: Linda.Williamson@nclan.ac.uk

To book an appointment, please email StudentAdviser@nclan.ac.uk

Student Welcome


"The college offers great support for all care-experienced students and the Learning Support team and Horizon Centre are always available to ALL students. Don’t ever feel like you are on your own because New College Lanarkshire is with you every step of the way.” - Student Marc Jones


Find out more about our future plans for care-experienced students below

Corporate Parenting Plan



Funding Support

Starting college can be a daunting thought for any potential student but knowing your funding entitlements can help make your journey easier. You can view what support is available here.

To support your funding application, you will be asked for a letter from the social work department or from your head teacher, confirming you are care experienced, a care leaver or a looked after young person. If you are struggling to provide the evidence required, please complete this form



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