- social activities to help you meet other young people who are leaving or who have already left care
- help to find accommodation when the time is right to leave care
- help with cooking and the practical things you need to know
- help with filling in forms
- help putting you in contact with organisations like Connexions and specialist services
- help coping with the many unexpected things that can pop up when you live on your own
- support into education or employment
- help you with your personal and family relationships
Your leaving care worker is also there to make sure that you always have someone who you can contact to sort out any problems when you leave care. They'll keep in contact with you until you reach 21.
How much contact you have depends on how much you need. But as a minimum the aftercare personal advisor will try and see you at least 6 times a year. When you first leave care though, you could be seeing each other several times a week.
We'll only pass on basic information to other organisations such as name and date of birth, unless you tell us that you do not wish us to do so. Your leaving care worker will discuss which organisation might need to be involved and will seek your views on sharing information.
If you have more questions, you can contact the leaving care service in your area or your social worker.
When you reach 15 and a half, your social worker will automatically refer you to the leaving care team covering the area where you live.
By 16, your social worker will have completed your pathway plan with you and you will have met your leaving care worker. This covers how you plan to lead your adult life and how you can be helped to get ready for this. It also includes issues like how you manage your money, how you can get help with your health, where you plan to live and what are your intentions about education, employment and training.
Other people will be involved in this too - your carers and key worker, the Virtual School and others - to help you to draw up the best possible plan.
Then from 16 to when you leave care, your pathway plan will be reviewed with you by the independent reviewing officer, usually every 6 months.
Being introduced to your leaving care worker does not mean you have to leave care at the age of 17 and a half. Only that you need to be thinking about your future.
A pathway plan covers:
- accommodation and housing issues
- personal support
- education training and work issues
- health and development
- life skills
- financial issues
In the few months before you reach 16 your social worker will get together with you and your carers to work out what needs to go into your pathway plan.
You'll be fully involved in this process to ensure that what goes into the plan is what you want in it. The pathway will help set out what you want to happen and who will help you achieve it.
Currently, we have 2 leaving care service offices which are open from 9am to 5pm, where you'll always be warmly welcomed.
Freephone number for young people, tel: 08081 961750
Office tel: 01629 532755
Freephone number for young people, tel: 08081 961751
Office tel: 01629 532706