The support you will receive

If you are an eligible or relevant child (16 to 18), you can expect: 

  • an allocated social worker
  • a full assessment based on your needs 
  • a detailed pathway plan (PWP) based on your assessed needs which, will be overseen by a qualified social work supervisor; you will need to be a key contributor towards this 
  • your plan to be reviewed every six months 
  • us to keep in touch and visit you every six to eight weeks (more often if necessary or less as identified within your pathway plan) 
  • financial support as relevant
  • support to help you to access safe and suitable accommodation
  • financial support to help you maintain education, training or employment
  • us to ensure that you have a bank account, National Insurance number and passport (unless your legal status prevents you)

 

If you are aged 18+ and former relevant child, you can expect:

  • an allocated personal advisor 
  • a full assessment based on your needs 
  • a detailed pathway plan (based on your assessed needs) which will be overseen by  the allocated work or social work supervisor
  • your plan to be reviewed every six months 
  • us to keep in touch and visit you every six to eight weeks (more often if necessary, less if you don’t want a this frequency of visits and as identified in your pathway plan) 
  • ensuring that you are in relevant safe and suitable accommodation
  • financial support to help you maintain education, training or employment
  • us to provide you with accommodation during the summer holidays if in higher education

 

If you contact us requesting support, we will: 

  • assess your current needs and provide you with the appropriate advice and support based on those needs 
  • provide you with accommodation during summer holidays if in higher education

 

The aim of leaving care services are to allow care leavers to live successful independent lives. Each care leaver will reach that point at a different age. Therefore, not all care leavers will require support up to 25. We would expect that the level of support that care leavers receive will reduce over time, depending on assessed needs, in recognition of their growing maturity and independence. 

For care leavers aged 21 or over, the new duty means that local authorities do not necessarily need to provide the same level of support to care leavers aged 21 to 25 as it does for those aged 18 to 20. However, the new duty does enable local authorities to respond positively to requests for support from care leavers aged 21 to 25 who may be continuing to struggle with the transition to independence and adult life. 

The new duty to extend personal advisor support to all care leavers up to age 25 means that care leavers will be able to continue to receive support when they reach age 21, or to request personal advisor support at any point after age 21 up to age 25, even if they had previously said that they did not want it.