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Strategy for helping care leavers published

State will support care leavers to achieve specified key outcomes

The government has published its strategy for improving services, support and advice for care leavers. It makes recommendations for local and national government, and wider sectors of society.

The strategy makes a commitment that the government will use the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme to rethink transitions to adulthood for young people in the children's social care system, with a focus on developing new ways to provide care leavers with the personal support networks they need to thrive; piloting 'Staying Close' – a variant of Staying Put for those leaving residential care; and testing out alternative models of delivery for leaving care services through the use of Trusts, Mutuals and other arrangements. It gives a clear commitment to test payment-by-results approaches, and commits the government to create the first care leaver-specific Social Impact Bond.

The strategy document also provides a commitment to support and test approaches that empower care leavers to have a greater say in the design and delivery of services. The document goes on to identify and describe how the State, as corporate parents, will support care leavers to achieve five key outcomes.

The first key outcome is that all young people leaving care should be better prepared and supported to live independently. The actions that the government will undertake in order to achieve this include:

The second key outcome is improved access to education, employment and training. In order to achieve this the government will:

The third key outcome is that care leavers should experience stability in their lives, and feel safe and secure. The government will help to achieve this by:

The fourth key outcome is improved access to health support. In order to achieve this the government will:

The fifth key outcome is that care leavers should achieve financial stability. The government will help them to do this by:

To read the strategy, please click here.

7/7/16