In My Own Time: Acheiving Positive Outcomes For Young People Leaving Care

Recent research by the DE Montfort University highlights what young people have found works best for them when leaving public care.

One young person explained: “For me, leaving care wasn’t actually that I could do what I want. It was just, like, my own time, my own place, my own space and something that I could call my home.”

The researchers gathered information about more than 500 young people entitled to leaving care services under the Children (Leaving Care) Act of 2000. The report shows young people need support when leaving care, with those involved describing a good transition as having plenty of time to make decisions and build relationships.

Like all youngsters leaving home, they are keen to be involved in key decisions regarding their future independence. A long-term relationship with an allocated personal adviser who offers non-judgemental, friendly advice and encourages a feeling of trust and stability helps them move successfully into adulthood.

Other key factors identified as making a difference include the availability of strong financial advice, well-planned services, accommodation strategies based on what works, and services that are young people-friendly.

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