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New support for young people leaving care

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced new cross-government support available to young people leaving the care system, together with £19 million of investment into programmes benefiting care leavers.

The new funding includes £10 million to create stable homes for care leavers as they become adults; £6 million to support young people leaving care to live independently and £3 million to help care leavers go into further education.

The Education Secretary has also committed to delivering 1,000 internships for care leavers over the next two years to help secure long-term jobs for care leavers. This will include expanding the existing Civil Service Internship Scheme and working with other public sector bodies including the NHS, Ministry of Defence civilian roles, police and the fire service to support care leavers into new employment opportunities.

For the Department for Education's announcement, click here.