Devon’s Local Offer to Care Leavers
You might have heard about the Local Offer but may not know what it is or what it means for you. Basically, the Local Offer is just a fancy title for all the services and support that are available to young people when they leave care. The Local Offer should include information about your legal and financial entitlements and rights, as well as any extra support that the council might choose to give.
What’s more, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires councils to publish a Local Offer for all care leavers aged between 16 and 25. So, with that in mind, here are all the details about the Local Offer in Devon.
If you don’t know what some of the terms used on these pages mean, please check out our handy list of definitions and explanations.
Information about the Special Educational Needs and Disability local offer is available on the Devon County Council website.
If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here speak to your social worker, PA or foster carer or email us at email@example.com.
Further help for people leaving care
Access to Care Leavers’ services
Coram Voice have put together this helpful step-by-step calculator to help you work out whether you’re entitled to care leaver’s services. You can also check out Devon Care Leaver financial offer.
Every looked after child must have a pathway plan, which will usually start around your 16th birthday.
The charity Become have put together a series of factsheets for care-experienced people, including this really useful guide all about pathway planning. The guide explains what you should expect, why a pathway plan is really important, and how you can prepare for yours.
Moving into adulthood
The National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) have produced a set of guidelines outlining how people who work for Children’s Social Care and Health services should support young people moving to adulthood. It’s probably more important that we understand these guidelines and put them into practice, but we think that you should know about them too!
You can read the full guidelines here. But if you’re after a summary, the document is based around the following principle:
“People using services have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about their care.”
If you want any help or support reading this document, ask your worker, PA or speak to one of the Participation Team.