Our local offer for care leavers

Accommodation

If you are aged over 18 your Personal Advisor will help find you suitable accommodation.

This might involve:

Staying Put

  • If this is what you and your foster carer/s want, we will support you to remain with your foster carers under what is called a ‘Staying Put’ arrangement. This can last until you are aged 21, find out more about staying put

  • If you do not wish to remain in a ‘Staying Put’ arrangement, but later change your mind, we will support this to happen up to aged 21 subject to agreement of your former foster carer.

Finding suitable housing

  • We know it can be very hard having your own place for the first time. We will do whatever we can to ease the pressures on you and from 1 April 2018 Barnsley Council exempts all care leavers from paying council tax.

  • We work with Berneslai Homes and Housing Services and providers to provide you with suitable housing, taking into account your needs and wishes, including supported accommodation if you are not ready or don’t want to have your own tenancy.

Visits from your Personal Advisor

  • Ensure that your Personal Advisor visits within a week of you moving into a new home, and then visits at least every 2 months after that, but more often, if this is what you need.
  • Visit you regularly in your home and help fix any minor repairs and check that you are maintaining your home.

Advice and support

  • Help you arrange practical support with moving into and furnishing your new home.

  • Ensure that we access rent deposits and bond guarantee schemes if using the private rented sector and not use your Setting Up Home allowance for this purpose.

  • Review where you are living through the Pathway Plan Review process within every 6 months and sooner if you move home or experience a significant change in your circumstances.

  • Help you to claim housing benefit/universal credit if you are eligible and not in employment.

  • Advice about holding down a tenancy, including avoiding rent arrears, paying bills and budgeting.

  • Support you if you have a housing crisis, including helping if you are threatened with or lose a tenancy.

An Independent Living Skills workbook and training package is currently being developed for launch in July 2019. This will assist young people in ensuring they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to move into independent living.

For more information

Call (01226) 772626 or