Young People's Zone
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 - 25
- 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”.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The law has changed. From 1st April 2018 Children's Services should offer help to all Care Leavers up to the age of 25 even if they are not in education. It used to be the case that you needed to be in education to get support between 21 - 25.
(To check to see if you are a “former relevant child”, please go to our ‘Are you a care leaver?’ page).