Accommodation for children in care – Consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers in England. It has been launched alongside a research report on the same topic and transparency data on looked after children in independent or semi-independent placements. The consultation seeks views on proposals to: ban placing children […]

Why we must do more to support care leavers at university

Research finds that half of care leavers consider dropping out of university due to a mix of health problems, money worries, high workloads and personal and family issues. Half of care leavers consider quitting university It found that 51% had seriously considered dropping out, with the most common difficulties arising from a mix of health […]

Care leavers get mental health support in pilot programme launched by NYAS

A programme has been launched to combat mental health issues among care leavers and help them find work. The SideBySide programme is run by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) in response to mental health challenges and loneliness faced by care leavers. Many are “thrust into the adult world before they are ready, facing a […]

Additional funding for care leavers announced

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced new support for young people leaving the care system including £19 million of investment into programmes that directly benefit care leavers in England. The new funding includes £10 million to expand Staying Put, a programme designed to create stable homes for care leavers as they become adults; £6 million […]