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'Staying Put' for young people in residential care: a scoping exercise

Author : Collaboration between the National Children's Bureau, The Who Cares? Trust, Action for Children, Barnardo's, Together Trust and the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University. (December 2014)

Price : Free

This report explores options for providing an equivalent of staying put for young people in residential care and the potential challenges and costs that will need to be taken into account for effective implementation.

The Children and Families Act 2014 amended the Children Act 1989 so that local authorities now have a statutory duty to 'monitor and support' staying put arrangements for young people in foster care up to the age of 21, or until the young person stops living in the household before then. The report is solely concerned with delivering an equivalent level of support for young people who happen to be in residential care when they turn 18. It is not intended to set out the full range of support that young people leaving care need in their preparation for adulthood and independence. The development of this report has been supported by seed funding from the Department for Education's Innovation Programme. Its content and conclusions are independent of Government. The report was submitted to the Department for Education in December 2014 and officials have informed us that the minister, Edward Timpson, will be responding to the findings in due course.


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Policy and research documents, Residential care

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