Young People's Zone

I am a Relevant Child

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A RELEVANT CHILD?

After the age of 16, the law gets a bit complicated because you are now a 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 16 or 17
  • Left care on or after your 16th birthday
  • Before that you had been in care for at least 13 weeks since your 14th birthday.

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

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

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