Children in care and care leavers

How we'll support you

Our local offer tells you the support we offer our care leavers. It sets out what care-experienced young people in Barnsley can expect of us, as well as information about the help and support that we, and our partners, will provide to you as a care leaver.

Our local offer has been developed by speaking to care-experienced young people in Barnsley. We review it each year and measure it's success against what people tell us about their direct experience of services.

Read our local offer

Advice for Care Leavers during and after COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We know that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting us all in different ways so the Department for Education has created this informative guide for care leavers during and after COVID-19 which provides further information about the support available to you at this difficult time.

England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. 

Please contact your Personal Advisor if you have any concerns regarding COVID-19 and we will try and assist you.

Support from Listening Works

Listening Works is a national independent support line for care leavers. If you need to talk to someone, the Listening Works' trained volunteers are available 7 days a week from 6pm - midnight.

Drop-in advice sessions

We run drop-in sessions every month where you can ask us for help and support about employment, education and training, as well as getting health advice. There's no need to book - just call in on the day.

The sessions run on the first Wednesday of every month from 1pm until 4pm at the Hub, 18 Regent Street, Barnsley, S70 2HG.

Regent Street remains closed due to COVID-19.

Who is a care leaver

A care leaver is someone who's included in one of these groups:

  • An eligible child is someone aged 16 or 17 who's been looked after for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and is still being looked after.
  • A relevant child is someone aged 16 or 17 who's been looked after for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and has left care. Relevant children also includes young people who were detained, for example in a youth offending institution or hospital, when they turned 16, but who were looked after immediately before being detained.
  • A former relevant child is a young person 18 or over who was previously 'eligible' or 'relevant'. Councils support these people until they're aged 21, or longer if they're in education or training.
  • A qualifying child is any young person under 21 (or 24 if in education or training) who stops being looked after or accommodated in a variety of other settings, or being privately fostered, after the age of 16. This also includes young people who are under a special guardianship order.
  • A former relevant child pursuing education is any former 'relevant' child whose case was closed, for any reason. If we're informed that they're planning to continue education or training they can ask us for support. If eligible, any help would last until they're 25 years old.
  • Extension to 25 years old. If you're under 25 years old and was previously open to the leaving care team, under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 you're entitled to return for support, contact the leaving care team and ask to speak with the duty officer.

Your rights and entitlements

If you're a child in care or a care-experienced young person you have certain rights. Find out more on about CoramVoice.

Our corporate parenting principles

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires local authorities to consult on and publish a local offer for their care leavers.

It also requires local authorities to consider their corporate parenting principles when discharging their responsibilities for looked-after children and care-experienced young people. The local offer sets out the support local authorities provide to fulfil these principles.

Corporate parenting principles

  • To act in the best interests and promote the physical and mental health and well-being of children in care and care-experienced young people.

  • To encourage children in care and care-experienced young people to express their views, wishes and feelings.

  • To take into account the views, wishes and feelings of children in care and care-experienced young people.

  • To help children in care and care-experienced young people to gain access to, and make the best use of, services provided by us and our relevant partners.

  • To promote high aspirations, and seek to secure the best outcomes, for children in care and care-experienced young people.

  • For children in care and care-experienced young people to be safe, and for stability in their home lives, relationships and education or work.

  • To prepare children in care and care experienced young people for adulthood independent living.

  • To prepare care experienced young people for adulthood and independent living.

Future Directions

Future Directions is a values based high quality social care provider. Our intention is to drive the personalisation agenda so that each individual who we support has their own support package to meet their individual support needs.


Find out more about Future Directions

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