Since 2006 The Leaving Care Company has been supporting young people across the England and Wales. It was formed by a group social workers who wanted to provide alternative and individual accommodation options and support services for high risk and vulnerable young people aged 16 plus who were leaving care.
The Leaving Care Company's philosophy then as it is now, is that young people who are leaving care often need to be assisted to make positive and responsible choices within their own lives.
The young people we work with in partnership with Local Authorities are likely to have been:
- Looked after children
- In custody
- Classified as homeless
- Seeking asylum
In addition they may have:
- Emotional and behavioural difficulties
- Psychosocial needs
- Learning Difficulties
Such complex needs tend to manifest in the following:
- Drug and/or alcohol misuse patterns
- Schedule one offending
- Young people who require medication administration
- Self- harm
- Diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health conditions
- Sexual vulnerability or exploitation risk
- Limited cognitive ability to gain independence skills
- Difficulties in managing pregnancy and parenthood
The Leaving Care Company seeks to accommodate and/or support those care leavers who are unable to live independently and are particularly vulnerable in a community setting as their needs remain highly complex post 16.
This support can be provided in semi –independent supported living or in an appropriately sourced housing which they are then able to take over the tenancy.
We first started to support Chris when he was 16 years old. He had been supported previous to this by Aspirations Children and Young People’s service, in a residential home. He was placed there at the age of 14 following the breakdown of his parent’s marriage and getting into trouble with the police for stealing cars. When our team got involved he had already moved in with his girlfriend who was pregnant.
Leaving Care Pathway
The Leaving Care Company
- South Glous
- North Somerset
- Cheshire East
- Liverpool City
- St Helens
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