Here are some myths and facts about leaving care – things that some people believe and communicate about local authority duties and young people’s entitlements. But what does the Law and new regulations and guidance actually say?
Things that will be discussed at your meeting are:
**Note** Depending on your leaving care status the council will provide some of the support above. If you are unsure speak to your leaving care PA.
This is a myth. Leaving care services cover the age range of 16 to 25 years.
Yes, this is a fact! Speak to your Social Worker or contact your local authority to find out how.
This is a myth your reviews are all about you and you should be able to choose where you have them and can even chair them if you like. Ask your Independent Reviewing Officer about this and they should help you.
Yes; this is a fact that is laid down by law in the Children Act 1989.
You can ask for more frequent visits if you feel you need it. Speak to your Social Worker or Independent Reviewing Officer.
People often use the term ‘care leaver’ to refer to lots of different things and this can be confusing. It can be used to name somebody’s experiences or as a legal status.
Leaving Care services cover the age range of 16 to 25 years.
“What does ‘Looked After’ mean?”
This is the name given to all children that the local authority has some sort of responsibility for. Sometimes people say ‘LAC’ (Looked After Child). It includes all children that are on a care order and those who are accommodated. It sometimes includes children who are living at home and who the local authority has responsibility for.
If you are not sure you should ask your parent/carer, Social Worker, PA or support worker to check for you.
FACT – Yes you can – if you have an issue or concern you can ask your Social Worker or your Independent Reviewing Officer to bring your review forward.
FICTION – We will do our best to keep you in your “home” town. But sometimes we might not always be able to do this. It might be because it would be better for you to live further away. It should be explained to you why you can’t live near home by your Social Worker.