The Department for Education (DfE) and the Care Leavers Foundation are preparing a Charter for Care Leavers, in a bid to improve the support councils provide.
Catch22’s National Care Advisory Service has been involved in drafting the charter and specific recommendations include improving access to complaints procedures and independent advice and ensuring councils offer meaningful long-term support for care leavers up until they are 25.
Another focus is to ensure care leavers do not have to fight to get their legal entitlement of support. The charter will officially launch on 24 October 2012, during National Care Leavers Week.
Martin Hazelhurst, National Manager, National Care Advisory Service says:
'We welcome the news that the Department for Education is preparing a Charter for Care Leavers, and believe that this charter has the potential to improve the quality of life and life chances for care leavers. There are still significant inconsistencies in how young people leaving care are treated, and services provided do not always meet the standards we would hope for - we hope that this introduction of this charter will be an important step in the right direction.'
Find out more about more about Catch22's National Care Advisory Service, the national advice, support and development service focusing on young people’s transition from care.