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Leaving Care


Leaving Care Team support young people who are preparing to leave care

Leaving care is not just about learning how to shop and cook, it's about having a 'tool kit' of skills to use on different occasions like getting along with others, keeping safe and well, having confidence to speak out, belief in yourself, enjoying, taking part and achieving all you can ... being you!

You are entitled to leaving care services if:

  • If you have been in care for 13 weeks and are in care on or after your 16th birthday, you have a right by law to access leaving care services.

    The Wakefield Leaving Care Service has a range of skilled and trained workers who work with your current carers to help you feel ready and prepared to move on from being looked after toward the next stage of your life.

    National Advisory Service (NCAS) is the national advice, support and development service focusing on young people's transition from care.The website offers information about how to support looked after children to make a successful transition to adulthood. It includes material related to both children in care and care leavers.

    Read more about Rights for Care Leavers

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Why a Children in Care Council?
Children in care councils (known as CICC's) are an important opportunity for children and young people in care & care leavers to have their say about the care system and discuss any issues. The government asked that all Local Authorities set up CICC's, they all run quite differently, but the central idea is that they are run by young people that have experienced life in care. By sharing their experiences they can help social workers, managers and other professionals deliver services and make sure the lives of looked after children improve. The CICC helps to challenge negative perceptions of looked after children and champion's children's rights. Read more about Wakefield CICC


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