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Last updated:
11 September 2017

Leaving care: What next?

How we will support you when your time in care comes to an end.

When your time in care is coming to an end you will be supported by the Leaving Care Service. They will help you make the move from being in care to living an independent life. 

When you leave care you will meet your personal adviser. Their job is is to give you advice and support. They will work with you to develop and review your pathway plan, and ensure you have access to all the support that you need. 

When you are 16 you will be assessed by your social worker or someone from the Leaving Care Service. Together you will come up with a pathway plan. This will set out what your situation is now and what you will need to live independently and achieve your ambitions. It will include things like:

  • where you will live
  • education and training
  • finding a job
  • financial support
  • your health needs. 

You will be actively involved in preparing the plan, so that it matches with what you want to achieve in life. It will be regularly reviewed by you and your personal advisor.

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