What is the Care Leavers Team?
The Care Leavers Team is a new team that provides a
service to you, as care leavers, or young people preparing to leave
care. As a care leaver, you can get support from us from the age of
17½ until the age of 21, unless you are continuing an agreed course
of training or education in which case support could continue up to
the age of 25. The team currently consists of Team Manager,
Business Support Officer and 13 Personal Advisors. The Team was
previously part of the 16+ Service.
What will the Care Leavers Team do fo you?
You will be allocated a Personal Advisor who will:
- Listen to your views and ideas about your life and future
- Help you make plans for the future by meeting with you and
agreeing your Pathway Plan
- Encourage you to be healthy by supporting you registering with
a GP, Dentist Optician and any other health appointments
- We can also support you to access other services that maybe
useful for your health and well-being e.g. Sexual Health
Adviser, Healthy Young Minds and Drug or alcohol services
- Encourage and support you in going as far as you can with your
- Make sure you receive advice and guidance with jobs, careers and training
- Help you to develop the skills and knowledge that you need to
- Support you in finding somewhere suitable to live
- Help you deal with any difficulties or problems, including
helping you to know your rights
- Provide advice and help with negotiating solutions or
signposting you to other agencies/services that can help you.
Welfare Reform and Care Leavers
There have been many changes to the benefits system
recently. This can be confusing overwhelming, and frustrating. Your
Personal Advisor can give you some basic information relating to
benefits but it is best for you to seek specialist advice from the
job centre on what you are entitled to claim.
Your Personal Advisor can help you with the following:
- help you with the initial claims process when you turn 18 years
old (Although you have to be present and speak with them directly
in the first instances)
- To make a claim you will need valid I.D your National Insurance
Number and a bank account for any benefits to be paid
- You must keep all your appointments with the Job Centre or they
will sanction you (stop your benefit payments).
PO Box 589
Free phone: 0800 587 2119
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This page was last reviewed 19 August 2014 at 15:53.
The page is next due for review 15 February 2016.