Young People's Zone

Are you a care leaver?

It can be very complicated to know what your entitlements are when you leave care. “Are you a care leaver?” can help you to find out what support you should receive.

If you have any questions about what you can ask or should be receiving from Children's Services, you can also call 0808 800 5792 or email help@coramvoice.org.uk.

 

How old are you?

If you are under 16 years old and are looked after by your local authority or have been assessed as a child in need, you are entitled to support from Children's Services.

If you would like to know more about your rights, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call. You can also email us at help@coramvoice.org.uk.

Were you in care on or after your 16th birthday?
Have you been in care for at least 13 weeks since you were 14?

You may still be entitled to services from Children's Services.

If you would like to know more about your rights, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call. You can also email us at help@coramvoice.org.uk.

Are you still in care?
Were you detained in the youth justice system or in hospital on your 16th birthday?
Did you leave care after 1st October 2001?
Were you on a care order?
Were you accommodated under section 20CA?
Are you?
Are you in education or training?
Were you in care on or after your 16th birthday?
Were you in care for at least 13 weeks since you were 14?
Did you leave care after 1st October 2001?

It seems that you are not clear about the contact you have with Social Services.

If you would like to know more about your rights, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call. You can also email us at help@coramvoice.org.uk.

You are what the Leaving Care Act calls a Relevant Child. The law says that Children's Services must make sure your rights are met. They must:

  • Carry out a needs assessment
  • Prepare a Pathway Plan that meets the needs identified in the assessment and prepare you to live independently
  • Regularly review your pathway plan
  • Provide you with a Personal Advisor
  • Give you somewhere suitable to live
  • Give you weekly money which must not be less than you would have got on benefits (you can't claim benefits unless you are disabled or a lone parent)
  • Give you money or pay for things for you to help you furnish your accommodation
  • Pay for other things to meet your specific needs which are set out in your pathway plan

Sorted and Supported, published by Coram Voice, is a welfare rights guide for all young people leaving care. It is designed and written for young people with all the information you need regarding financial support and young people's rights under the Children (Leaving Care) Act. This booklet is free for young people. For more information, visit the download area.

If you would like to know more about your rights or would like a copy of Sorted and Supported, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call. You can also email us at help@coramvoice.org.uk.

You are what the Leaving Care Act calls an Eligible Child. This means that you are still a looked after child and Children's Services must meet all your looked after rights. As any looked after child, Social Services should pay, for example, for your accommodation and personal expenses, as well as the expenses related with your education. You also have additional rights once you become 16. Children's Services must:

  • Carry out a needs assessment
  • Prepare a Pathway Plan that meets the needs identified in the assessment and prepares you to live independently
  • Regularly review your pathway plan
  • Appoint you a Personal Advisor

Sorted and Supported, published by Coram Voice, is a welfare rights guide for all young people leaving care. It is designed and written for young people with all the information you need regarding financial support and young people's rights under the Children (Leaving Care) Act. This booklet is free for young people. For more information, visit the download area.

If you would like to know more about your rights or would like a copy of Sorted and Supported, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call. You can also email us at help@coramvoice.org.uk.

You are what the Leaving Care Act calls a Former Relevant Child. Children's Services still have duties towards you. They must:

  • Review your Pathway Plan
  • Continue to provide you with a Personal Advisor
  • Pay for the things set out in your Pathway Plan
  • Help you to stay on in education by paying towards the costs of your education and having a place to stay (they will expect you to get a student loan if you are at university)

You can also claim benefits as any other young person.

Sorted and Supported, published by Coram Voice, is a welfare rights guide for all young people leaving care. It is designed and written for young people with all the information you need regarding financial support and young people's rights under the Children (Leaving Care) Act. This booklet is free for young people. For more information, visit the download area.

If you would like to know more about your rights or would like a copy of Sorted and Supported, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call. You can also email us at help@coramvoice.org.uk.

You are what the Leaving Care Act calls a Qualifying Child. Children's Services must give you advice and support and must keep in touch with you.

Children's Services may also help you paying expenses related to with your education.

Sorted and Supported, published by Coram Voice, is a welfare rights guide for all young people leaving care, designed and written for young people with all the information you need regarding financial support and young people's rights under the Children (Leaving Care) Act. This booklet is free for young people. For more information, visit the download area.

If you would like to know more about your rights or would like a copy of Sorted and Support, give us a call on our Freephone number 0808 800 5792 and speak with the helpline advocate. The lines are open from 9.30am to 6pm with an answer phone at other times. The calls are free from landlines and public phones. Some mobile companies charge for the call.

You can also email us on help@coramvoice.org.uk.

You are not entitled to help from Children's Services.

If you are disabled or have other special needs you may be entitled to services from Adult Services. Although Coram Voice will be unable to work with you, we may be able to sign-post you elsewhere.

You may need to contact your local Benefits Agency and Housing Department. There are some organisations that might be able to help you. Coram Voice has contacts for some of them, so you might want to contact us so we can try to sign-post you.