Support for young people in the Borders who are in care, or who have been carers, as they move from school to college is now gauranteed.
Borders College has signed up to support the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant.
College principal Liz McIntyre signed the covenant at the inaugural meeting of the Borders Young Talent Steering Group which includes NHS Borders, Foster Care Connect, Action for Children and local secondary schools.
Senior pupils can be dealing with a variety of issues: being looked after away from home, either in foster or residential care; in kinship care or looked after while they remain at home; have caring responsibilities for either an adult or sibling; or rural/social deprivation which is having a significant impact.
Each young person will be allocated a dedicated mentor providing one-to-one support to help them make a successful transition from school into a full-time or work-based course at Borders College.
The Borders Young Talent Programme (BYTP) is supported by The Robertson Trust and aims to help the young people, who through various personal circumstances, face real barriers and challenges that prevent them from making the most of their talents and for whom successful transition could prove difficult.
College principal Liz McIntyre said: “When we started to look at why some of our students hadn’t been successful we began to identify that some of the youngest students were experienced in a care environment.”
The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is built around; health and wellbeing; housing and accommodation; education and training; employment; youth and criminal justice; rights and participation.