The Leaving Care team

Our Leaving Care team supports young people from 16-25 years who are eligible to receive leaving care support.

The team also supports unaccompanied asylum seeking children who present to the Local Authority and are subsequently accepted to be a minor (aged under 18 years). In Reading, we do this on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

Shelter provides a comprehensive guide to the eligibility criteria for leaving care support, which you can read here.

Pathway plans

When a Child Looked After (CLA) reaches the age of 16, their care plan is replaced by a pathway plan and we stop calling them a CLA and replace this with ‘care leaver’. The pathway plan is reviewed 6 monthly by an independent reviewing officer and the young person is involved at every stage.

The pathway plan is always updated when there is a significant change in circumstances.

The pathway plan outlines the support, both practically and financial, we offer to help a young person to achieve the transition to adulthood.

Care leavers have an allocated social worker until the age of 18 years and, after that, an allocated leaving care advisor.

You can contact the Leaving Care team on 0118 937 3641 Option 4.

Care leavers

If your teenager or the young person in your care has been in care for 13 weeks, without a break, and is in care on or after their 16th birthday, they have the right to various services. Find out more about the support we offer them, in the young people’s zone, which is written for young people.

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