Shaping the Local Offer for Care Leavers

Posted 11.02.2019

Referral links with Care Leaver teams were strengthened last year, which helped us to understand the value that the Building Better Opportunities programme can provide to a care leaver’s journey from care to independence.

With the publication of local authorities’ local offer to care leavers, these links have never been so important.

Stakeholder Managers are currently working with Service Directors across each local authority in D2N2 to plan an event in Summer 2019 to help develop better cross-local authority working, spread best practice, and to encourage the involvement of partners who can add value to a care leaver’s transition from care.

As the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme aims to support those socially excluded and who might experience barriers to accessing employment and skills opportunities, care leavers are the right cohort to receive support from each of the three strands of BBO.

Stakeholder Managers held an awareness session in January 2018 with Key Workers who work with Care Leavers to understand the wider support available. This session was successful and referrals started to be made to our BBO delivery partners.

Since the development of these referral pathways, each local authority has been tasked with working more closely, as a corporate parent, to develop a local ‘offer’ for care leavers – as set out by the Children’s and Social Care Act. This duty extends more widely and the whole local authority must regard corporate parenting principles.

An event will provide an opportunity for each local authority to share their local offers and to discuss what is working well in their areas. It will provide the opportunity for all local authorities to work more collaboratively and to gain the involvement of wider stakeholders (such as schools, training providers, housing etc).

Care Leavers continue to be a cohort group that experience significant barriers around financial and social inclusion. This often means that because of their earlier experiences, as a group, they are more likely to be unemployed, to have mental health issues, and are more likely to be involved within the criminal justice system.

Stakeholder Managers will continue to work with local authority departments to strengthen the referral pathways and wrap-around support available for this group; through connecting the provision available for this vulnerable cohort across D2N2.

 

Unlocking the future: inspiring Nottinghamshire’s care leavers to achieve their potential – March 7th 2019

Ahead of the D2N2-wide Care Leavers event, Nottinghamshire County Council invites you to attend a breakfast meeting at Nottinghamshire County Football Ground on Thursday 7 March 2019. The session will begin at 7.15am, lasting just over an hour, during which you will hear about the experiences of those in care and, crucially, be encouraged to think about how your organisation can play a part in assisting this particular group of young people to fulfil their potential.

You can register your attendance via Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/nottsoffer) by 21 February 2019.  If you need any further information on the event of the Local Offer for Care Leavers, please contact joanne.mathieson@nottscc.gov.uk  or 0115 804 2272.

BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

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