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Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network. Young people in this position have removed themselves from a dysfunctional situation and often have no contract at all with any of their family. These situations can be caused by:  

  • Emotional abuse
  • Mismatched expectations about family roles and relationships
  • A clash of personality or values including social and cultural expectations

This does not include young people who are estranged from one parent/family member, but still live with and receive support from another parent/member of the family. 

You can find more information on how the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland can support you on the RCS Website pages for ‘Corporate Parenting‘.

 Contact Us 

If you are care experienced or estranged and would like to discuss anything to do with applications, support, or what you can expect from RCS, please contact:

  • Jesse Paul, Head of Fair Access at
  • Carole Williams, Transitions Coordinator at

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