Care Leavers: what we offer you

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires councils to publish a local offer for ALL care leavers from 16-25. The local offer tells you 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.

Click on the different coloured buttons for details of the local offer in Devon.

Health and wellbeing Relationships and keeping safe Education and training Employment Accommodation Finance Participation

Staff and young people have developed the offer in line with national good practice examples. We hope the design is 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.  You can download a full copy here. Also here’s a guide to Care Leaver’s Entitlements .

 

If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here speak to your social worker, PA or foster carer or e-mail us at participationchildrenssocialcare-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

 

Further help for people leaving care

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. Click here to access the calculator. Also here’s a guide to Care Leaver’s Entitlements .

The Who Cares Trust have put together this really useful guide all about Pathway Planning. Every looked after child must have a pathway plan, usually starting around your 16th birthday. It’s the law!

It explains what you should expect, why it’s really important and how you can prepare for yours.  Follow this link  to read all about it. Take a copy with you when you meet your social worker or personal advisor. It will help you remember all the things you need to know.

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.  They 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.

 

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