Care leavers

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Care leavers, Children's Services |

Definition

Young people who are about to leave or have left local authority care (being looked after and/or looked after and accommodated.

Their plans for leaving care are usually developed through a pathway plan which will look at options for:

  • Where they want to live
  • Whether they stay in education or seek employment
  • Where they will get support if things get difficult

Young people who have been ‘looked after’ may be entitled to a resettlement grant, intended to help towards setting up their own accommodation. However, this is discretionary and is not a guaranteed amount.

Financial assistance may be available if they are in full-time education or training. If they go on to university they can be supported throughout their course until the age of 24, including help with accommodation over the vacations.


Policies and legislation

The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/35/contents


Useful links

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/fostering/careleavers.htm

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