Our promise to all our care leavers
- involve you in all decisions made about your future
- offer you opportunities to be involved in shaping the services you receive
- support your personal advisor to have a long term relationship with you
- support you in improving your physical and emotional wellbeing
- support you to stay in touch with the people who are important to you
- make sure other agencies have a good understanding of your views, wishes and feelings
- work with all different housing providers to find you suitable accommodation, and support you to feel safe and secure in that accommodation
- work hard to support you into education, training and employment
- make sure the support you receive is tailored to your needs as an individual
- make sure that all team members within the Inspiring Futures Leaving Care Service and the Children in Care Service know the local offer well so that they can offer the support and advice you need.
- Legislative framework for leaving care
The Children Act 1989 places duties on Local Authorities towards ‘looked after’ and previously ‘looked after’ children as they exit the care system.
The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 introduced financial arrangements for care leavers and made clear that the responsible authority will normally be the young person’s primary source of income.
The Children & Young Persons Act in 2008 enacts commitments made in Care Matters requiring legislative change. The main aims of the Leaving Care regulations and the related Guidance is to ensure care leavers are provided with comprehensive personal support in order that they can make a successful transition to adulthood.
Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood provides information for local authorities and now Trusts so they are able to meet the requirements of the Care Leavers (England) Regulations 2010.
The Children’s Homes and Looked after Children Regulations 2013 also confirmed that any decision to cease looking after a 16 or 17 year old had to be approved by the Director of Children’s Services or Chief Operating Officer of the Trust.
The Children and Families Act 2014 included information on ‘Staying Put’ which encourages statutory agencies to consider schemes that enable young people aged 18 and above to remain living with their foster carers.
The Children & Social Work Act 2017, gave you the right to ask to have support from your personal adviser up to the age of 25 whether you are in education or training or not. This is to try to make sure care leavers receive similar support to young adults who live with their families. The duty commences from 1 April 2018.
- Further information about local agencies
To learn more about what Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council offer, visit these sites:
- About the council
- Doncaster Children’s Services Trust
- Births, deaths and marriages
- Business and economy
- Community and living
- Environment and waste
- Jobs and careers
- Leisure and culture
- Leisure Centre’s and Gyms
- Planning and development
- Transport and streets
- A to Z of services
- Contact Doncaster Council
- Contact Doncaster Children's Services Trust
- Site map
- Terms and conditions
- Further information about national agencies
There are a number of places where you can look to find out about, and get support with, care leavers’ rights. Please see the links below: