Support for care leavers

Specialist social workers, personal advisers, group workers, The Point and employment advisers offer a range of services, and have close links with other services for young people to point you in the right direction.

If you are not already in touch with the Leaving Care Service and you'd like to be, we look forward to hearing from you.

Your rights as a care leaver

Don't forget that you can ask for someone to represent you. If you would like a professional advocate to speak on your behalf, get in touch with Barnardo's Children's Advocacy Service.

16 to 18 and leaving care?

If you are aged 16 to 18 and looked after by Children's Services, your allocated social worker will continue to provide the key care-planning role until you reach the age of 18. You are also entitled to:

  • continued support from a social worker
  • accommodation support
  • a needs assessment
  • a care plan.

18 to 24 and leaving care?

If you are aged 18 to 21 (24 if in you're higher education) and leaving care you are entitled to:

  • remain in touch
  • review your care plan
  • a personal adviser
  • assistance with employment
  • education or training
  • assistance in general.

Care leavers and Council Tax

Care leavers don't have to pay Council Tax until the day before their 25th birthday.

There's no need to apply, we'll automatically apply the discount.