“As the Leaving Care Service we promise to provide support to prepare you to live independently when you are ready to leave care. We have a number of values and aims to help you have a happy and successful life in Bracknell Forest”.
This guide will inform you about the support and services available to you as a Care Leaver. We recognize that moving from care and living independently can be a big challenge.
As a local authority we want you to feel supported and take pressure off you knowing you have and financial help and support.
A Care Leaver is a Young Person who has previously been in care. Your right to support as a Care Leaver will depend on when and how long you were in care.
To qualify for the full support package from the Leaving Care Service you must have been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 which must include some time when you were 16 years old.
If you came into care after you were 16 and for a short period of time, you will still get support but not the full package. This also applies if you lived with carers under a Special Guardianship arrangement before you turned 18.
A young person over 18 will also be eligible for Leaving Care support and entitlements up to the age of 25.
If you are unsure whether you are a Care Leaver, have a look at this website www.coramvoice.org.uk/young-peoples-zone/am-i-care-leaver
You are only a Bracknell Forest Care Leaver if it was Bracknell Forest Council who Looked After (i.e your Social Worker worked for Bracknell Forest Council) you when you were in Care. If you live in Bracknell but another Council Look After You, please speak to your Social Worker or ring us at the Leaving Care Service on 01344 354304 and we can give you advice on what to do.
The Leaving Care Service is here to support young people Leaving Care in Bracknell. We are a small team, based at
76 Binfield Road, Bracknell. RG42 2AR Tel: 01344 354304
We are here to make sure that young people Leaving Care in Bracknell have all of the help and support that they need to achieve a positive future as an adult. The things that we help each individual person with, are listed in their Pathway Plan which we review every six months. The Pathway Plan is so important- it belongs to the individual young person and the goals are decided by them.
Our team offer lots of things, Not only do we come and visit our young people regularly (or they can come and see us!) but we also organise social events, we have a Participation Officer who gets young people’s views and makes positive changes for Care Leavers through groups and events, we have free laundry, internet and cooking facilities at the office and young people can come in any time for a chat and advice.
We support young people from the ages of 16-25 and we are always happy to have people pop in for a chat or for them to call us if they have questions.
Our number is 01344 354304
These are some great sources of information for Young People Leaving Care which well worth a look!!
An Eligible young person is somebody who is 16 or 17 and is stillLooked After
A Relevant Young Person is no longer ‘In Care’ but is aged 16 or 17. They get:
A Former Relevant Young Person is an Eligible or Relevant Young Person who has turned 18.
The Leaving Care Service may:
You are expected to claim benefits or apply for a student loan as any other young person.
It is important that your Pathway Plans sets out your programme of education if you are aged over 21.
We will ensure you have free gym membership and free access to leisure facilities in Bracknell (or an equivalent pass if you don’t live in Bracknell)
The Leaving Care Service offer free social events and trips throughout the year. Speak to your PA or to the Participation Officer for more details
The Leaving Care Service will pay for 6 driving lessons and the cost of 2 test (one theory and one practical) only for those in education, training or employment. This applies to the period of time you have also been a Looked after Child.
When you are coming up to 18, you can request a ‘Health Passport.’ This contains important information about what illnesses you had as a child, immunisations you’ve had and any health issues you may have. This is important information for your future health care.
A Pathway Plan
Your Pathway Plan will be reviewed every 6 months until you finish working with the Leaving Care Service, which may be up to 25 years old. This will help you keep your plan up to date and to discuss any changes or support you may need. It’s YOUR plan and it’s YOUR future. Be a part of it!!
We have opportunities for young people to be involved in National and Local Participation events and organisations- representing the views of Care Leavers. If you are interested, talk to your Personal Adviser.
Care Leavers who have Immigration or Asylum status from the Home Office will have lots of complicated forms and tasks to complete before they turn 18 and every few years after that. If things are not done on time, it can have a negative effect on your chances of staying in the UK.
This is a difficult process and it is really important that your Pathway Plan is clear about what you need to do.
The Leaving Care Service will support young people as much as they can, offering guidance, advice and advocacy to help to get the best possible result from the Home Office.
It is really important though that you talk to your Social Worker and PA about what is happening with your Immigration status BEFORE you turn 18 and if you do not understand, that you tell us!
The Care Leavers Forum is young people just like you!
Want to get your views heard?
Want to influence how things are for young people in care now and in the future in Bracknell Forest?
To join the Care Leavers Forum or find out more contact 01344 354304