The Local Offer
The Children and Social Work Act 2017, requires councils to publish a local offer for ALL care leavers from 16-25. The local offer is a document that provides information about all the services and support that is available to young people when they leave care. It should include information about legal and financial entitlements (rights) as well as any extra support that the council might choose to give.
The local offer must include details of the services and support that the council provides in relation to:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Relationships and Keeping Safe
- Education and Training
- Participation in Society
Devon County Council have been working over the last few months to develop the offer alongside staff and young people and in line with national good practice examples. The local offer has been designed to be clear and easy to understand for both professionals and young people. We want to continue to develop the Local Offer in line with our Corporate Parenting duties and therefore will be reviewing the Offer in 6 months. You can find Devon’s Care Leavers Local Offer V8 Final Sept 18 here and a guide to Care Leavers Entitlements Final Sept 18 here.[If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here speak to your social worker, PA or foster carer or e-mail email@example.com
NCAS have created a really helpful guide for young people about ‘Staying Put’ you can read this here;
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.
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.’