For Care Leavers’ Week, Community Care asks how children’s services and society can improve circumstances for care leavers

For Care Leavers’ Week, which starts today, Community Care asked people involved in the sector what they believe society can do better for care leavers.

Care leavers are often regarded as one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.

People who have been in care make up 30% of the 18-25 homeless population, almost 40% of care leavers aged 19-21 are not in employment, education or training and the leaving care ‘cliff edge’ can leave young people without ongoing support in unsuitable living environments.

Strides have been made in recent years to improve leaving care services, the Staying Put policy is a prime example, however there is always more that can be done.

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