The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) was established in June 2013 by higher education institutions and national organisations committed to the progression and support of care experienced students in further and higher education.  Working together we aim to transform the opportunities available by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.

NNECL is a registered charity (Registered Charity Number 1180793) led by a Board of Trustees which is responsible for NNECL’s strategic objectives, financial security and compliance.

The National Strategy Group (NSG) forms a link between educational providers, their networks and national organisations and agencies. It includes nominated regional representatives from further or higher education and members of national organisations committed to the progression and support of care experienced students.

NNECL'S Charitable Objectives are: 

  • To relieve the needs of people who are in, or have spent some or all of their childhood in, public care by:
    • Providing advice, guidance and support and other services in order that such people may fulfil their potential as individuals.
    • Advancing the education of the public, service providers and the media by providing information and advice on the issues affecting the welfare of people in care and care leavers with the object of reducing negative stereotyping and social exclusion.
    • Encouraging the improvement of services for care leavers and those still in care in order to transform the progression of those with experience of being in care into and through further and higher education so that they thrive throughout their lives and careers.


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