Care leavers

The Youth Service's 18+ Care Leavers Team provides support and resources to young people aged 18 to 21 who have been in local authority care. This can be extended to age 25 where young people over 21 returns to Children's Social Care to ask for support with education plans.

Young people in care aged 0 to 18 have a social worker from the Children and Young People in Care Service who is responsible for planning for their care and support needs.

The Care Leavers Team consists of a Service Manager, Team Leader and nine Personal Advisors who work alongside young people’s social workers to advise and support the transition for when the young person reaches the age of 18. Each young person will have a named Personal Adviser during this process.

The 18+ Care Leavers Team fully supports the Care Leavers Charter standards for work with young people.

Role of the Personal Adviser

  • To be knowledgeable about the law covering entitlements for care leavers
  • To understand the needs of young people and the problems they may face
  • To know about services such as health and housing provision
  • To work jointly with young people's carers and other professionals
  • To put the young person's Pathway Plan into action and make sure it is up to date
  • To provide advice and information to the young person about what support is available, about what skills they need to manage being independent, about managing their money, about housing options, about education training and employment, about general health, and to enable the young person to make their own decisions
  • To work with others to co-ordinate support under the Pathway Plan
  • To talk to the young person about their Pathway Plan and respect their wishes and views, while ensuring that the Pathway Plan is realistic
  • To take part in reviewing the Pathway Plan
  • To ensure services and resources are found and provided to support the young person and that the young person is able to make use of the support
  • To keep up to date with others involved as to the young person's progress
  • To keep up to date records of what they do that are accurate
  • To access and co-ordinate support to the young person including suitable accommodation and financial support as appropriate
  • To keep in touch with the young person and visit regularly

Download Leaving care booklet [3MB]

Plymouth City Council's Care leavers service has adopted the Department for Education (DfE) charter for Care leavers and we are committed to those principles and promises.

Plymouth Care Leavers Pledge

The Plymouth Care Leavers pledge is a set of promises that the Council have agreed to deliver for care leavers. Youth workers have been working with young people in Plymouth to find out exactly what they would like to see in their pledge.

Download Plymouth Care Leavers pledge [606KB]