To help you understand the type of support that you are entitled to receive from the leaving care service, it is important that you understand some key words which are used to describe the different categories of care leavers.
The support you are entitled to depends on what your leaving care status is. Your status depends on a number of things. We understand that this can be confusing.
An eligible young person is someone who is 16 or 17 and is still in care
A relevant young person is someone who is aged 16 or 17 but has left care on or after their 16th birthday
- Former relevant:
A former relevant young person is someone aged between 18 – 25 and who was in care on or after their 16th birthday
A qualifying young person is someone aged between 16 – 21 (or up to 25 if they are still in education) who was no longer being looked after or accommodated in other settings, or privately fostered, after the age of 16 and not on their 16th birthday
- Extension to 25
Extension to 25 is someone who is under the age of 25 that has previously been ‘open’ to the care leaving service who is entitled to request advice and support
- Find out more
You can find out further guidance to help you understand your leaving care status on the links below