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The 14+ (Looked After and after care) team

Who do we work with ?

The 14+ team provides a looked after and after care service for young people from 14- 25. Young people are provided with a social worker and a young person’s advisor to assess their needs and actively plan for their future. This is done via a care plan or Pathway Plan which identifies the support needs of the young person and how these can be achieved.

Young people qualify for after care service if they were in care on their 16th birthday and have been in care for at least 13 weeks. In care means living in accommodation that has been arranged or agreed by children’s services.

Staffing

Working in partnership with others as necessary, the team consists of social workers, young person’s advisers, a Connexions worker and admin support staff. The team also has support from the Looked after Children's nurse and the looked after children’s psychologist.

How do we help?

The team offers advice and guidance including practical assistance and agree a Pathway Plan with the young person. Help/ advice in relation to the following is given dependent on the young person’s individual needs:

  • Education
  • Work/training
  • Housing
  • Health issues
  • Group work
  • Leisure
  • Money
  • Transport
  • Family
  • Benefits (over 18s)

14+ provide a weekly drop in service where young people can access advice, laundry facilities, a snack and the use of telephone and internet services. There are regular visits from an advocate, training providers, the local police and other professionals working with young people. A young parents group is held once a month to support young families, this is run in partnership with the Looked After Children’s Nurse.