Young people leaving care

Leaving care

We support young adults as they move from being looked after by the council to living independently.

Before you leave care

When you are nearly 16 years-old we will start making a plan with you to help you become an independent adult, although we hope you will not actually leave care until you are 18.

We will talk with you about this plan – called a Pathway Plan – at meetings every 6 months. It is important you say what you think, and keep all the 'write-ups' of these meetings.

When you are 18 years-old

Following your 18th birthday, one of our personal advisers will help you get the support services you need as an adult.

You may not always get what you want but we will support you with any changes. You are not alone, and will have a personal adviser to help you become independent.

We will meet your financial needs. It is important you know how to look after yourself and know how to keep healthy. Together with your foster carer, we will help you learn the skills you need to live independently, like:

  • budgeting your own money
  • shopping
  • paying bills
  • going to college
  • getting a job