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Care Leavers

Approximately 62% of looked after children are taken into care due to abuse or neglect so when they leave care, they can often have some very specific requirements or issues facing them. With our commissioners we ensure that we are there to assist them in what can be a very difficult time in a young person's life. We proudly worked with over 3,200 care leavers in 2014-15 and have continued to work with our commissioners to help young people naviate life after living in care.

Care Leavers

Approximately 62% of looked after children are taken into care due to abuse or neglect so when they leave care, they can often have some very specific requirements or issues facing them. With our commissioners we ensure that we are there to assist them in what can be a very difficult time in a young person's life. We proudly worked with over 3,200 care leavers in 2014-15 and have continued to work with our commissioners to help young people naviate life after living in care.

Case Study - As soon as Barnardo's came into my life, things changed.

Jake, age 20, moved into foster care at the age of 12, having experienced a volatile home life. He has mild learning difficulties and experienced some bullying at school. Jake had a mixed experience in foster care, moving between 12 different placements. He came into contact with Barnardo’s through the leaving care service run by the children’s charity in his local area.

As soon as Barnardo’s came into my life, things changed. My personal adviser came up to me one day and asked if I wanted to get a job, because someone he knew was looking for stewards for Premier League football matches. I’ve been doing it for three months now and it’s absolutely awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better job. It’s only because of Barnardo’s that I managed to get a job, and if it wasn’t for them I’d have no other choice but to be on benefits for the rest of my life.

Related Care Leavers Links:

Evaluation of Barnardo's Supported Lodgings (PDF 978Kb)

The  findings of this research illustrate how and why Barnardo’s supported lodgings services contribute to young people successfully transitioning to independence.

Accommodation and support framework (PDF - 695Kb)

This framework draws together expertise from local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and young people across England on how to provide appropriate accommodation for care leavers

The way forwards (PDF - 683Kb)

Research conducted with young people we work with that are leaving care, to find out what is important to when leaving care.

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