Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced plans to launch a Carer Leaver Covenant – a government commitment to help children leaving the care system to access education, employment and training.
Speaking at the ADCS conference in Manchester, Zahawi said he wants local councils, the school system, the health service, the local leisure centre and companies, and government departments to be catering for their needs.
He said the DfE had been “leading the way” in Whitehall, setting aside roles for care leavers in its civil service internships scheme. “[But] there is a limit to how much we can offer alone,” Zahawi said.
“That is why I am so excited to be launching the Care Leaver Covenant this autumn, and I’m standing on the shoulders of giants by bringing [former children’s minister] Edward Timpson’s idea to life.
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