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    Hi,

    I've got a question regarding what counts as being a care leaver, especially for Oxford. In their section on contextual knowledge, they write that 'a candidate [should have been] been in care for more than three months (determined from the UCAS application, and subject to later verification checks).'

    I have spent several weeks with foster families during my mother's operations. Similarly, I have spent several weeks in care before spending several months (4-5 months) living with my half-sister in London at a relatively young age. I wanted to ask whether this counts as being a care leaver. I'm worried about the 'verification checks', as I'm unsure whether the latter would be registered with the local council.

    I look forward to your replies. In advance I wanted to thank you so, so much!
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    Hi,

    I've got a question regarding what counts as being a care leaver, especially for Oxford. In their section on contextual knowledge, they write that 'a candidate [should have been] been in care for more than three months (determined from the UCAS application, and subject to later verification checks).'

    I have spent several weeks with foster families during my mother's operations. Similarly, I have spent several weeks in care before spending several months (4-5 months) living with my half-sister in London at a relatively young age. I wanted to ask whether this counts as being a care leaver. I'm worried about the 'verification checks', as I'm unsure whether the latter would be registered with the local council.

    I look forward to your replies. In advance I wanted to thank you so, so much!
    You should ask the college for clarification.


    Imo a care leaver is someone who is in the actual state system.

    Foster families maybe/ probably, but presumably you still had your mum.
    Living with half sister imo counts as family and not in care.

    A care leaver for me would count as someone who has been in a childrens home or consistent foster care. You might count as a care leaver, but I also think that the facts will speak for themselves and some applicants will have been in care for many years or their whole lives.
 
 
 
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