Young People's Zone

I am a Former Relevant Child

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A FORMER RELEVANT CHILD?

After the age of 16, the law gets a bit complicated because there are different categories of care leaver and different rules apply depending on your age and where you are living. The information below is for you if you :

  • Are aged 18 - 21 or 21 - 25 but still in education
  • Were in care for at least 13 weeks since your 14th birthday
  • Stayed in care until you were 18 OR left care on or after your 16th birthday.

If this applies to you then the law says that you are a special category of care leaver known as being a “former relevant child”.

(To check to see if you are a “former relevant child”, please go to our ‘Are you a care leaver?’ page).

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