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Leaving care: 21-25 year-olds

Details of the support offered to those aged 21-25 after leaving care.

If you are between the ages of 21 and 25, our service will look a little different to how it was when you were 18, 19 and 20 years old. This change is due to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 – Section 3.

It means that you can ask for support from us up until you turn 25, whether you are in education or not.

If we do say goodbye to each other before you are 25, you can still return to ask for more support up to your 25th birthday.

We recognise that a 21 to 25-year-old is likely to be a lot more independent than someone younger. As you approach your 21st birthday, your personal advisor (PA) will sit down with you and work out:

  • whether you still need our support
  • what tasks you need support with
  • how often, and how we will keep in touch.

After this has been discussed, your pathway plan will be updated. If you would like support with a lot of things, then you may require a full needs assessment. If you only want support with a couple of things, such as finding a job or accessing a course, then a full needs assessment is not needed.

Saying goodbye at 21

If you decide you want to say goodbye at 21, then we will write to you each year until you reach 25 just to remind you that we’re still here ready to support you if you need it!

You can contact us for the following:

  • A needs assessment - The duty worker will talk with you about what tasks you’d like support with. Perhaps you only want help with something small or perhaps you’d like quite a lot of assistance. Either way, the duty worker will write the important information down. You will then provide your contact details and we will get back to you, unless you need emergency support.
  • Allocation - You will be contacted within two weeks and told who your allocated PA will be, and they will meet up with you and start providing support. We will try our best to make sure your worker is the last PA you had before we said goodbye.
Last updated:
28 April 2021
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