In this section you will find documents relating to accommodation, care leavers' views, education, employment, financial support and legislation and guidance.

Documents

pdf A guide to the New Belongings Approach: A way forward for care leavers, The Care Leavers Foundation, 2016

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CLF 16 A guide to the New Belongings Approach 2016.pdf

This guide provides information on the approach used to improve services to care leavers through the New Belongings project. The aim of the project was for local authorities to improve services for care leavers by applying the experience and expertise of care leavers themselves to drive change. New Belongings was the third in a series of initiatives that resulted in the Charter for Care Leavers (2013) and the Access All Areas campaign.

document Access All Areas: Action for all government departments to support young people's journey from care to adulthood ABSTRACT, Acces All Areas, April 2012

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AAA 12 Access All Areas ABSTRACT APR 12.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which calls on central government departments to improve the support they offer to young people as they leave the care system and in their early years after leaving care.

document Access All Areas: A developmental perspective ABSTRACT, Access All Areas, 2012

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AAA 12 Access All Areas A developmental perspective ABSTRACT 2012.docx

This abstract provides details of a report which explores why care leavers need to access all areas of support through a range of adult oriented public services to achieve their full potential.

document Agenda for Change ABSTRACT, Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance, 2015

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SCLC 15 Agenda for Change ABSTRACT 2015.docx

This abstract provides details of a framework aimed at corporate parents and other organisations providing support services to care leavers. It supports the preparation of Corporate Parenting Plans and service delivery plans, and can be incorporated and integrated fully into local plans, or can be adapted to meet local circumstances and specific outcomes.

document Scottish Care Leavers Covenant: Supporting corporate parents to improve the lives of care leavers ABSTRACT, Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance, October 2015

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SCLC 15 Scottish Care Leavers Covenant ABSTRACT OCT 15.docx

This abstract provides details of the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant which outlines the changes needed to give care leavers the bright and better future they deserve.

pdf Sharing practice to improve outcomes for care leavers, CELCIS, July 2014

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CEL 14 Sharing practice to improve outcomes for care leavers JUL 14.pdf

An evaluation report for the inter-authority learning exchange between Shetland Islands, Falkirk and Glasgow Councils throughcare and aftercare teams. The report describes the planning process, in-situ experience, and post-exchange learning of participants. It also highlights the positive learning outcomes and benefits achieved for all participating local authorities.

pdf Care leavers transition to adulthood, House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts Fifth Report of Session 2015-16, published on 30 October 2015

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HOC 15 CL transition to adulthood 21 Oct 15.pdf

Too many of the most vulnerable young people in England are cut adrift when they need help the most, according to this report. It says there has been a systemic failing in support to young people leaving foster care or children's homes who are let down by the system that's supposed to support them. The Committee found outcomes for the 10,000 young people aged 16 or over who leave care each year are poor and worsening. Its report says the quality and cost of support to care leavers varies unacceptably between local authorities and Ofsted has rated two-thirds of council care leaver services inadequate or requiring improvement. The report welcomes the government’s intent to improve the lives of care leavers, signalled by the launch of the Care Leaver Strategy in 2013, and the fact that more good practice in supporting care leavers is now emerging but it advises that central and local government must both take more responsibility for improving outcomes and the quality of support. Its final recommendation is that he DfE should conduct an early review of Staying Put, with a particular focus on the financial and social impact of the policy for care leavers, foster parents and local authorities.

document Getting behind the closed door of care leavers: understanding the role of emotional support for young people leaving care ABSTRACT, Child and Family Social Work, December 2014

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CFSW 14 Getting behind the closed door ABSTRACT.docx

This abstract provides details of a paper which explores our understanding of the role of emotional support for young people leaving care. It includes empirical data from a small number of care leavers reflecting on their experiences of transitioning to independence.

document Messages from care leavers ABSTRACT, Access All Areas, 2015

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AAA 15 Messages from care leavers ABSTRACT 2015.docx

This abstract provides details of a report by the charties coalition Access All Areas which calls on the new Government to review care leavers policies and to commit to improving the lives and opportunities available for young people leaving care.

document Care leavers transition to adulthood ABSTRACT, National Audit Office, 17 July 2015

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NAO 15 Care leavers transition to adulthood ABSTRACT 17 Jul 15.docx

This abstract provides details of a NAO report which concludes that the system for supporting young people leaving foster or residential care in England to live successful independent lives is not working effectively. This is despite the fact that there is a clear legal framework and an inspection regime in place.

pdf Staying Put:Stakeholder consultation examining implementation and early impact of Staying Put, National Children's Bureau, February 2015

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NCB 15 Staying Put Stakeholder consultation FEB 15.pdf

This consultation aimed to assess the initial impact of the Staying Put reform and identify barriers and challenges to implementation of the reform. The Staying Put legislation comprises new laws included in the Children and Families Act 2014, which state that local authorities have a duty to support care leavers who wish to continue to live with their foster carers when they reach 18. The Staying Put arrangement continues until the young person reaches age 21, or stops living in the household before then.

document From care to independence: Research summary ABSTRACT, National Children's Bureau, May 2015

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NCB 15 From care to independence ABSTRACT MAY 15.docx

This abstract provides details of interim findings of From Care to Independence (FC21), a five year project focusing on support for care leavers provided by The Prince's Trust and partner organisations.

pdf Scottish Care Leavers Covenant information briefing, CELCIS, 2015

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CELCIS 15 Scottish Care Leavers Covenant information briefing 2015.pdf

Work has begun to develop a Scottish Care Leavers Covenant with buy in from a wide range of partners across Scotland. The convenant has two main aims: care-proofing policy and establish a positive default bias. The Alliance developing the covenant would like all corporate parents to endorse and support it.

document Finding their feet: Equipping care leavers to reach their potential ABSTRACT, Centre for Social Justice, January 2015

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CSJ 15 Finding their feet ABSTRACT JAN 15.docx

This abstract details a report which is the culmination of a year-long inquiry. It advises that from a background of family breakdown, many care leavers go on to experience educational failure, debt, worklessness and mental health problems.

pdf A review of literature on disabled care leavers and care leavers with mental health needs ABSTRACT, B. Kelly et al, April 2014

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RES-KEL YOLO Literature Review ABSTRACT APR 14 edit.pdf

This abstract details a literature review undertaken as the first part of a three stage study of the characteristics and needs of care leavers with intellectual disabilities or mental health needs in Northern Ireland.

pdf A review of policy and legislation relating to care leavers with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs in Northern Ireland ABSTRACT, B. Kelly et al, 2014

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RES-KEL YOLO policy and legislation review ABSTRACT.pdf

This abstract outlines a policy review which considers how well the range of child care, mental health and disability policy addresses the needs of care leavers with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs.

pdf Into independence, not out of care: 16 plus care options Government response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2014 -15, House of Commons Education Committee, 20 October 2014

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HOC 14 Into independence not out of care 16+ care options 3rd Special report of session 2014-15 20 Oct 14.pdf

This is the government's response to the recommendations made by the House of Commons Education Committee's inquiry into 16 plus care options.

pdf Into independence, not out of care 16 plus care options Second report of Session 2014-15, House of Commons Education Committee 17 July 2014

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HOC 14 Into independence not out of care 16+ care options 2nd report of session 2014-15 21 Jul 14.pdf

This report sets out recommendations and the necessary steps to ensure that there are improvements in the planning and preparation of, and stability and support for, young people as they move to greater independence.

pdf Too much too young ABSTRACT, Action for Children, October 2014

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A4C Too much too young ABSTRACT OCT 14.pdf

This abstract details a report which warns that vulnerable young people are being 'forced to grow up too quickly' and often end up in unstable housing or experience homelessness.

pdf Investigating an Invisible Minority: Sociological examination of care leavers' navigation through adulthood ABSTRACT, C Hugman, Northumbria University

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NU 14 Invisible Minority ABSTRACT JUL 14.pdf

This abstract details PhD research examining the life stories of care leavers aged over 30 living in Northumbria.