Councils join forces to support young care leavers

Published
24.01.2017

The region's councils will join up to support for care leavers to live independent lives under new proposals.

The proposals help care leavers to take their first steps towards independent living with support and advice that gives them the best chance of independent and fulfilling lives.

By working closely with other councils, Gloucestershire County Council will be able to shape the support based on what is needed, keep a close eye on what is and isn't working for young people and share in best practice.

It will also mean a bigger pool of accommodation available quickly for young people.

At the cabinet meeting at Shire Hall on 1st February, members will be asked to approve plans to take part in a collaborative tender with South Gloucestershire Council.

This tender will look to create and award a new regional framework contract to provide support for people leaving care. The framework will allow the council to buy independent supported living placements for young people from a range of pre approved providers.

The framework would be made up of councils from Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as well as Gloucestershire.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "We have a responsibility to look after children and young people in our care, but our support doesn't stop when they reach 18.

"We know that there are challenges for young people coming out of care, but these exciting proposals will help to promote independence in our care leavers with the comfort of knowing there is still help there if they need it."

For more details on the upcoming cabinet meeting, please visit: http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=117&MId=8406&Ver=4

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