Barnsley’s children in care and care leavers kept informed with new website

Barnsley Council’s Children in Care and care leavers’ website has been refreshed and updated and now includes the 2019 Barnsley local offer for care leavers.

The local offer for care leavers, which was developed in consultation with Barnsley care leavers and updated for 2019, is available to all young people leaving care up to the age of 25 and provides the advice, support, and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood.

The online document will make it easier for young people to access the help they’re entitled to, including a range of support about finance, accommodation, safety, health and relationships, education, training and how to get their voices heard.

The Local Offer for care leavers aims to clearly set out in one document, what care leavers are entitled to, and what Barnsley Council expects from care leavers.  It will help care leavers make the most out of services available to them and provide support with the transition to adulthood and independence.

A care leaver is defined as anyone aged 25 or under who has been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since they were 14 years old or been looked after by the local authority at or after school leaving age, including at least one day after their 16th birthday.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “It is a big step for young people when they move out of care and start living on their own or with others.

“They deserve the best support possible from their parents, both practical and emotional.

“As corporate parents, the council wants to make sure our care leavers feel safe, supported and know where to get advice and help.

“We hope care leavers will visit the site and realise that they are not on their own and that help is only a phone call away.”

The website, www.barnsley.gov.uk/childrenincare  is full of info for children in care and will be used by young people and carers to make sure that all the information is up to date.  An events page will also be coming soon.

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