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As a Dudley care leaver, you are entitled to a range of support until you are 25 years old. This guide gives a brief overview of the different elements involved with being a care leaver and your entitlements.

The Children in Care Team and Care Leavers Service can help you plan your next steps to independence.

Care leavers require support and guidance before and after they turn 18. As a care leaver, we know you may not have large networks of support. We want you to know that you are not alone and we are here to support you.

As a care leaver, you should expect the same level of care and support as other young people get from their families. Most young people when they are around 15 years old are thinking about what career they want and where they want to live in the future.

The Care Leavers’ Guide will enable you understand the services and support available to you to help you to reach your goals.

Contact

If you are a carer leaver you can contact your Young Person's Advisor (YPA)

Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm on 01384 817670

If you need advice outside of these times you can contact Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 555 8574

What care leavers can expect from our service

From the age of 16 care leavers will be allocated a Young Person’s Advisor (YPA) to work with you to ensure you receive the support you need.

Your YPA will work alongside your children’s social worker until you reach 18. At 18, your YPA will continue to support you up to the age of 25 if needed.

We will:

  • Make an assessment of your needs to ensure the correct services are available to you
  • Use this assessment to develop and implement a plan. This is called your ‘Pathway Plan’ which details the support you will need to help you plan your future and achieve your goals
  • Provide you with financial advice and guidance - (see Care Leavers’ Financial Guide) for further information
  • Provide you with accommodation until you are 18 and housing advice regarding your options after that
  • Provide education, training and employment advice and support
  • Provide you with a health passport as well supporting you with health and wellbeing issues
  • Provide advice on opportunities for social activities
  • Keep in touch with you on a regular basis (minimum of every 8 weeks). You will also be able to come along to our weekly care leavers’ drop-in sessions. Sessions take place Every Wednesday 12.00pm – 4.00pm in Dudley town centre. For further information about these sessions please speak to your YPA.