Leaving care

It is our mission to ensure every care leaver reaches their full potential: to be healthy, happy, safe, secure, valued and respected.

We will start to support you, alongside your social worker, as close to you becoming eligible for the leaving care service as possible: and definitely by the time you turn 18! This will then continue until you reach the age of 21.

We can continue to support you after the age of 21 at a level that is identified by both yourself and a post-21 assessment. Information on this will be given to you through your personal advisor, your personal email address (if you agree to this) and our social media pages, so please ask your personal advisor for the most up-to-date information.

We have a responsibility to you, and want to prepare you as much as possible for your life after you leave care- ready for early adulthood. This will start when you are approaching your 16th birthday and your social worker arranges a meeting with you called a "pathway planning meeting". The meeting will discuss your future and the support you will personally need to help you become independent.

The Leaving Care Service - Russell House

We continue to offer our care leavers a service from Russell House, but with some restrictions in place. This is to keep everyone as safe as possible, limit the number of people in the building at any time and maintain social distancing.

If you would like to visit Russell House, we ask that you make an appointment first and that you arrange this with your personal adviser (PA) .

If you need to speak to someone and your PA is not available, or you do not have a PA currently working with you, a duty worker should be able to assist you. Please phone the office first, and if your query cannot be sorted, they can arrange to make an appointment for you. We have duty staff in the office each day.

Address and opening hours

Russell House
Rickyard Road

Contact us

Phone: 01604 364778 / 01604 364779

Email: LeavingCareTeamDuty@nctrust.co.uk

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5:30pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm

Northamptonshire Care Leavers' Local Offer

This document provides information about all of the support and services available to you when leaving care. This includes services we have to provide, your financial entitlements, as well as support we may be able to provide for you.

The offer will be reviewed on a regular basis in consultation with you leaving care and our partners:

Our commitment to Care Leavers

Northamptonshire Children's Trust are committed to ensuring that you, as a Care Leaver have access to the best possible chances in life when making the transition to adult hood.

Read our commitment to Care Leavers.

Leaving care in Northamptonshire - a guide to independent living

This guide is designed to give you some practical information about your journey to independence. It will highlight things you will need to consider and give you some useful contacts and information:

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 also 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 another helpful guide for you: "Healthy Tips for a Healthy You". This document contains lots of useful information about how to register with a GP, dealing with minor illnesses and local services:

Leaving care support for migrant children and young people

This fact sheet provides information about leaving care support for you if you are a young migrant in care. It covers what leaving care support is, who is entitled to it and how immigration status affects it:


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, sometimes at a 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


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