Care Leaver

Leaving care can be hard to make sense of. We have tried to answer some of your questions about being in care.

If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here speak to your social worker, your foster carer or e-mail

Care Leavers Charter

Devon has signed up to this list of promises.  The promises are as follows:

  • To respect and honour your identity
  •  To believe in you
  • To listen to you
  • To inform you
  • To support you
  • To find you a home
  • To be a lifelong champion

Know your rights, read the Charter in full here or watch this short film on youtube to see it explained here.

Guide to leaving care

Download the guide here.


You can also find out about your financial entitlements here

Staying put

NCAS have created a really helpful guide for young people about ‘Staying Put’ you can read this here;

NCAS Staying Put Guide

Pathway Planning

The Who Cares Trust have put together this really useful guide all about Pathway Planning.  It explains what you should expect, why it’s really important and how you can prepare for yours.  Following this link  Who Cares Trust Pathway Planning to read all about it and take a copy with you when you meet your social worker or personal advisor to help you remember all the things you need to know.

Financial Support

The Who Cares Trust have prepared another really useful leaflet all about financial entitlements for care leavers over the age of 18.  Follow this link Who Cares Trust Finance Factsheet to see what you could be entitled to.  You can show this to your personal advisor or worker and ask them to support you to access funding.

NICE Guidelines for moving on from care to adulthood  …

The National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE)  have produced guidelines telling people who work for Children’s Social Care and Health services how they should support young people moving to adulthood.  Thy have recommended the following:

‘People using services have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about their care.’

You can read the full document here to find out more.  If you want any help or support reading this document ask your worker, PA or speak to one of the Participation Team.


We have also answered some of your most frequently asked questions here:

DCC-Care-Leavers-Frequently-asked-Questions Care Leavers Frequently Asked Questions


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