Gloucestershire County Council launches Care Leavers Offer
To mark National Care Leavers Week 24 – 31 October, the council is launching its Care Leavers Offer 2018
The council has worked with a group of care leavers to produce a booklet which provides advice for young people leaving care.
The Care Leavers Offer 2018 provides information on how care leavers can access support and prepare for living independently as an adult.
It forms part of the council’s role as corporate parents to young people in care and those who have left care. Being a corporate parent means the council has a moral and legal responsibility for all local children and young people in the care system including those who have left care, up to the age of 25.
To celebrate the launch of the Care Leavers Offer 2018, Gloucestershire County Council and Prospects Services are holding an awards ceremony for care leavers in Gloucestershire to recognise their achievements since leaving care.
The award categories are; Educational Achievement, Motivation, Personal Progression, Personal Achievement and Inspirational Young Person. Some of the award winners achievements include securing an apprenticeship after undertaking a programme of education and successfully gaining independent accommodation.
Alison Williams, director of Children & Family Services at Prospects said “We work with young people across the county who may be at risk or in a vulnerable situation. We are pleased to be working with Gloucestershire County Council to produce a care leavers offer that now provides support and provision for young people up to the age of 25. We put the child at the heart of all of our work, but for care leavers it can seem that childhood ends abruptly when they leave care. Children and young people can’t become adults overnight, so we offer a level of care and support to our young people that we would want for our own children and in doing so we help them to develop their potential throughout their lives.”
Cllr Andrew Miller, Care Leaver Champion said “ We have high aspirations for producing a truly child friendly Gloucestershire and as part of this we are now developing a more detailed and ambitious strategy specifically for our care leavers. We will continue to look at how we can take our existing Care Leavers Offer and make it work better for the young people of Gloucestershire.”
For more information and to see a copy of the booklet please visit