More than 80% of councils promise support for care leavers until they turn 25

Minister announces 123 councils have signed up to the Care Leavers' Charter and urges remaining fifth to follow suit

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Young people looked after by 123 of the 152 councils in England will now be guaranteed support and advice until they turn 25.

The news follows the 2012 launch of the government’s Care Leavers’ Charter, which more than 80% of councils have now signed up to, pledging a comprehensive package of support for children and young people in their care.

It sets out clear expectations of councils and recognises the challenges faced by care leavers, such as moving into their first home and pursuing further education or training.

Children’s minister Edward Timpson praised the 123 councils, but urged the remaining fifth to follow their example.

“Today’s figures are a fantastic achievement, and I know the Charter is already making a real difference to the lives of many young people,” he said.

“I now want every one of the 29 councils who hasn’t already made this promise to consider signing up to the Charter and prioritise the needs of these vulnerable young people.”

This year’s official figures reveal over 1,100 care leavers aged 16 plus are now living in independent accommodation without any formal support, while 34% of care leavers aged 19 plus are not in education, employment or training.

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