Support for Care Leavers

The Looked After Children’s teams offer support to all care leavers up to age 25, irrespective of whether they are engaged in education or training. Any care leaver can contact our service up to the age of 25 and request support.

What happens when I leave care?

To improve the quality of life for young people leaving care (age 16-18 years) you will be provided with a summary of your relevant personal health information to support your successful transition to adulthood and make positive decisions about your future health.

Care leavers should be equipped to manage their own health needs wherever possible. You should have a summary of all health records (including genetic background and details of illness and treatments), which suggests how you can access a full copy if required.

Information will be given to care leavers sensitively and with support, with an opportunity to discuss it with health professionals. Young people leaving care should be able to continue to obtain health advice and services, and know how to do so.

Who will I see?

Our Essex Looked after Children’s teams consist of a:

  • Named Nurse for Looked after Children
  • Specialist Nurse for Looked after Children
  • Nurse Advisor for Looked after Children

The local authority has also put together a guide with the help of local young people in care. It explains the role of your social worker and personal advisor (referred to in the document as worker), where the Leaving & after Care Team fits in, plus tenancy and housing issues and includes health as well as education, training and employment.

It tells you where you can get help and further information and gives you clear and sensible ideas on what to do if you feel you need that extra bit of help and how to get the best out of the services we offer you.

You will have an allocated Leaving & After Care Social Worker and/or Personal Advisor, and will be starting the process of transition into the Leaving & After Care Service.