Care leavers will have their entitlements set out in law in a bid to improve the quality of support they receive, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. Care leavers will be provided with a mentor up until the age of 25. Announcing the move alongside plans to legislate to increase numbers of adoptions taking place, Cameron said provision for young people leaving care must improve. He said government will introduce the first care-leavers’ covenant, in the form of a promise, set out in law, to everyone who has been through the care system. The covenant will be designed to ensure that local authorities set out clearly what care leavers are entitled to locally — including housing, jobs and healthcare. Meanwhile, mentors will be provided for every care-leaver up to the age 25 to provide continuing emotional support and the practical help with things such as putting together a CV or managing money.

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