Whether you are just starting to prepare to leave care or have already left care, you will have lots of questions and important decisions to make along the way. There can be a lot to learn and find out about when you are leaving care so we have produced a handbook which contains some practical information, tells you about the help and support you can expect, and the different options available.
Although the Leaving Care Handbook is available online in an ebooklet here (you can download a PDF copy if you have a printer: LEAVING CARE HANDBOOK_2014.pdf) if you would like an actual copy then feel free to email us TuneIn@stoke.gov.uk and we'll send you a copy.
In 2012 the Next Steps Team launched a campaign to make ‘Stoke-on-Trent the best city for care leavers.’ The Next Steps Team has already made some great changes to help improve the lives of young people leaving care.
Financial support for young people living independently and doing an apprenticeship
A full time careers adviser working with the Next Steps Team
An independent living training flat
An extra support service called “Stepping Up” to help young people leaving care
A housing officer working with the Next Steps Team
Next Steps have been working with the Jobcentre Plus so that young people can now apply for benefits one month before leaving care (if entitled) so young people do not spend their 18 birthday claiming for benefits. Also there will be a contact person at each Jobcentre. If you have any ideas about how leaving care services could be improved further please contact your worker, the service user involvement worker or join your Tune In care leavers group.
To contact the Next Steps Team please call: 01782 233575
When you leave care you will have particular rights and entitlements. These can be confusing, therefore we have created a leaflet which will hopefully help you understand these. It also explains who your Personal Advisor is and what they can do to support you.
Check out 'What will my personal adviser do' for more information.