Leaving care

Northamptonshire County Council wants every care leaver to reach their full potential: to be healthy, happy, safe and secure, valued and respected.

We will support you after you leave care up to the age of 21. We can also continue to support you after 21 if you are training or in education and provide you with support to get into education up to the age of 25.   

We have a responsibility and want to prepare you for life after you leave care and support you in early adulthood. This will start when you are nearly 16. Your social worker will arrange a meeting with you called a pathway planning meeting. The meeting will discuss your future and the support you will need to help you become independent. 

The Care Leavers offer

The 'Care Leavers Local Offer' is a document which provides information about all the support and services available from the local authority to young people leaving care. This includes services we have to provide, as well as support we may be able to provide.

The Offer will be reviewed on a regular basis in consultation with young people leaving care and our partners.

Leaving care guide

This handbook is designed to give you some practical information, tell you about the help and support you can expect and explain the different options available to you:

Care leavers strategy

The care leavers strategy lays out how, as a good corporate parent, the council should help young people to set high targets and standards, and support them to reach their goals.

Financial support and services for care leavers

This booklet contains the financial help and support you should receive from us to help you live independently as a care leaver.

Health support for care leavers

The Health Summary is a brief history of your health care. It includes information such as hospital admissions, your medications, immunisations, allergies and contact details for your doctor, dentist and optician.

Your nurse will share a copy with you around the time of your final health assessment when you are leaving care. Usually this will be an electronic copy but can be a paper version if you wish. The Health Summary contains personal information about you, so we will only share it with your doctor and social care worker with your consent.

The NHS has also provided a new guide: Health tips for a healthy you. This contains lots of useful information such as how to register with a GP, dealing with minor illnesses and local services.

Support for migrant children and young people

This fact sheet provides information about leaving care support for young migrants in care. It covers what leaving care support is, who is entitled to it and how immigration status affects it. To view the document in other languages, click the Browse Aloud headphone icon at the bottom of this page, then click on the document and follow the on-screen instructions.

The Become website, a charity for children in care and care leavers, contains fact sheets about the support available to you as a care leaver, all translated into Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto, Tigrinya, Vietnamese and Albanian.

Education, employment and training support for care leavers

Advice and guidance


​What is it and who is it for?

NCC leaving care service - Personal Advisors​Personal Advisors are allocated to all children in care or care leavers over the age of 16
Prospects​Provides targeted support to those at risk of being Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), including children in care and care leavers.  30 advisors are available for all young people aged 13 and over who are at risk of being NEET
​National Careers Service​Website and phone support for those aged up to 19.  Face to face support for those aged over 19
Youth Offending Service​The Youth Offending Service supports those up to age 18 who are involved in offending
Job Centre Plus​Job finding, support and benefits support for those aged 18 and over

Intensive support

ProvidersWhat is it and who is it for?​
Right Resolutions​Community interest company supported by Nene Valley Care Trust providing intensive support to care leavers – there are approximately 25 places per year
​Rapid English, a programme to help with basic English skills. Available for all from Year 10 onwards
​​Provided online, or via local colleges​English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
​​A range of local providers including Northamptonshire County Council Adult Learning, but at cost​​First aid, health and safety, food hygiene, forklift training and more

Study programmes

Providers​What is it and who is it for?
Youthworks​Programmes for those 11 to 19 years old who are at risk of exclusion or anti-social behaviour (100 places), anger management (60 places) promotion of emotional well-being (80 places across 8 groups), positive well-being and resilience (40 places across 6 groups)
Princes' Trust​For 16 -18 year olds, 12 week programme linked with Tresham college and offering work experience.  10 places per programme, and 3-4 programmes running concurrently
Key training​This is for16 – 18 year olds and those aged 19-24 who have an Education Health and Care plan. It focusses on employability and attainment of English and Maths. Work experience may be on offer
​Canto​This is for 16 – 18 year olds and those aged 19-24 who have an Education Health and Care plan. It focusses on employability and attainment of English and Maths
​HITZ​A study programme with a sports focus delivered at Northampton Saints in partnership with Northampton College 
NITAL​A year long programme with 24 places, focussing on readiness for engineering apprenticeships
​Kettering Borough Training​For 16-18 year olds, with a focus on employability and attainment of English and maths.  Also a work experience offer via the Borough Council
​Northamptonshire colleges offer study programmes in a variety of subjects​For 16-18 year olds and those aged 19-24 who have an Education Health and care plan, includes employability skills, English, maths and work experience
​All school 6th forms offer study programmes either through academic studies or a combination of academic and vocational qualifications​For 16-18 year olds with a focus on attainment of A levels or BTEC qualifications, includes work experience and progress in English and maths

Work experience

​Providers​What is it and who is it for?
​Various​​​Work experience may be offered as part of the study programmes above
​​Princes' Trust​​For 16 -18 year olds, 12 week programme linked with Tresham college and offering work experience.  10 places per programme, and 3-4 programmes running concurrently

Where can I find more help?

Action for Children
Become - a voice for children and young people in care
Benefits - GOV.UK
Benefit entitlement guide
Catch 22 - Information and advice about being in care and leaving care
Child Line - 24-hour confidential advice and support service
Children's Commissioner
File Download - Financial support for care leavers (PDF 285KB)Financial support for care leavers (PDF 285KB)
The Lowdown - Counselling information and sexual health service
File Download - Pathway plan - find out more (PDF 211KB)Pathway plan - find out more (PDF 211KB)      
Service Six - Counselling and sexual health service
Services for young children, including childcare
Talk Out Loud Mental Health
Talk to Frank drug and alcohol service
Time2Talk - Information, counselling and sexual health service
Youth Works Northamptonshire

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