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Care Leavers Offer

City of Wolverhampton Council

What is the Local Offer to Care Leavers?

Welcome to the Local Offer for care leavers. Here you will find information about the support that is available to young people who have been in the care of the City and are now aged 16-25. We have outlined what you are entitled to by law in the accordions below and any additional support we have been able to secure with the help of partner organisations.

Guide for Care Leavers

The City of Wolverhampton have produced a NEW Guide for Care Leavers

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 details how the provision for care leavers has been extended to include young people aged 22-25 who are not in education. If you are a care leaver you can use this document to find out what support, you are able to access.  This Local Offer has been co-produced with care leavers and professionals who support care leavers in the City of Wolverhampton.

What you can expect from your Corporate Parents?

Being a corporate parent means the council and its partners, do everything it can for the children and young people in, or leaving, the council’s care to give them all the opportunities that other children and young people get. We are ambitious for the children in our care and care leavers, we want to encourage you to dream big.

The City of Wolverhampton’s Pledge to care leavers is

  • To respect and honour your identity
  • To listen to you
  • To always believe in you
  • To keep you informed
  • To support and guide you
  • To find you a safe home
  • To be your champion
  • To be realistic and honest

What does the Wolverhampton Transitions Team do?

Following changes introduced through the Children & Social Work Act 2017, you will be able to ask for support from your Young Person Adviser up to the age of 25, whether you are in education or training, or not.

Your Young Person Adviser is there to help you to prepare to live independently and to offer advice and support after you leave care. Your Young Person Adviser should talk to you about what support you need and record this information in your pathway plan.

Your pathway plan is written with you, and the important people in your life. It sets out your needs, views and future goals, and identifies exactly what support you will receive. We will review your pathway plan with you regularly so that it is kept up-to-date.

We will try to enable you to keep the same Young Person Adviser, though this will not always be possible. The amount of support that you receive from your Young Person Adviser will depend on what you want and your circumstances.

The Transitions Team will work with you to consider what extra support you may need.

The City of Wolverhampton Council alone cannot meet the needs of care leavers and has worked effectively with partners to implement this offer to care leavers.

What is the role of a Young Person Advisor?

When you leave care, in most circumstances, your Young Person Advisor (YPA) will become your primary worker and continue working with you until you are 21. They will also work with you after you are 21, up until the age of 25 if you request this.  A Young Person Advisor (YPA) will be allocated to you just prior to your 16th birthday. Your Young Person Advisor (YPA) will provide you with advice, information and guidance to support you to make informed choices for yourself.

What is the role of a Social Worker?

You may still have a Social Worker up to 25. This could be because you need additional support in keeping you safe, you could have a disability, or you could have an illness which means you need this extra help.

If you require any further information, please contact your Young Person Advisor at the Transitions Team on 01902 556439

Care Leaver Offer - Finance

We want to support you in making sound financial decisions that are right for you now and for the future, to help you with this:

• You will have access to a Personal Allowance when you are aged 16-17, not living in foster or residential care and are unable to access public funds. This will continue when you are 18 if you have no recourse to public funds

• You are entitled to £10 per week pocket money if you are in custody or hospital establishment aged 16-17

• You may be able to receive Emergency Crisis Payments

• You will receive rent allowance if you are aged 16-17 for the full cost of your rent or placement costs

• You will receive Religious Festival Allowance when you are under the age of 18 if you are not living in foster or residential care – this is up to £50 per year. This payment is to be given during the festival period chosen by you such as Ramadan, Hanukkah or Christmas

• You will be supported to open a bank account

• You will be supported to have good financial management skills and helped to avoid debt. (Additional Help Offered)

• When you are 18 you can get support and information on how to access your Children’s Trust Fund, your Junior ISA and any savings you may have

• You will be offered opportunities to engage in courses on budgeting skills which could lead to an ASDAN award. (Additional Help Offered)

• We will support you to ensure you are receiving your benefit entitlement and offer support if there is delay in accessing this

• You will have the opportunity to make a claim to the Department for Work and Pensions prior to your 18 birthdays to ensure you receive benefit entitlement in a timely manner. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get up to £2,000 Setting Up Home Grant

• You will be able to receive support for education items when required if you are in Further or Higher Education. This can be up to £120 per year for books, materials, equipment

• You will receive support to access important documents before your 18 birthday such as your passport, provisional driving license and birth certificate

Care Leaver Offer - Participation


We want you to feel part of your community and to help you with this:

• You will have the opportunity to be nominated for an I Award. This is an annual award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of children who are looked after and care leavers. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to be nominated for local and national awards. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to be nominated for Care Leaver of the Month. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can have access to a webpage information on opportunities to join groups and clubs. www.wolverhamptonlac.co.uk. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to access advice and guidance on challenging any discrimination you may face as a care leaver

• You will have access to advice and guidance to secure British Citizenship before the age of 18 if you are required to apply

• You will have the opportunity to come together with other young people and staff to build relationships, for example, at our annual Easter half away day, our annual Christmas party, our annual summer BBQ and our annual Christmas meal. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to take part in the annual National Take Over Challenge.(Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to take part in a full week’s activities to celebrate Care Leavers Week. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access to Facebook/webpage / Twitter link / Instagram link / children who are looked after website to ensure awareness of events and significant changes in service delivery. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access the Swap Shop for household items through Facebook. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access clothing through the clothing bank at the Transitions Team. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access MOMO app that helps young people say what they want, when they want to professionals working with you. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will be asked to take part in or annual care leaver survey to ensure you can feedback your thoughts on the services provided to you. (Additional Help Offered)

• You be offered an exit interview when you no longer require the services of the Transitions Team

• You can get support to help you to enrol on the electoral register to enable you to vote. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to participate in supporting the Election processes provided by City of Wolverhampton Council. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to join a monthly care leavers forum, ‘Care Leavers Independent Collective’ supporting young people to have their say about the services they receive or require. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to sit on the Corporate Parenting Board representing care leavers. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to attend the National Care Leaver Bench Marking Forum events. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to be trained in Total Respect (training for professionals, by care experienced young people) and facilitate this training for professionals. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to contribute to the selection process for internal and external job roles at the City of Wolverhampton. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to develop the National Covenant for Care Leavers as part of the Wolverhampton’s role as a pilot local authority.(Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to attend National Citizenship Service at no cost for care leavers aged16-17

• You could be entitled to an English National Concessionary Pass which gives those of you who are registered disabled, free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' from Monday to Friday

Care Leaver Offer - Accommodation

We want you to feel safe and secure where you live to help you achieve this:

• You can have access to a range of supported accommodation: hostels, foyers, supported lodgings and social housing

• When you are a Wolverhampton Homes tenant you can get support from your local community safety team at the neighbourhood police who can give you information on support available in your local area. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access the children who are looked after training flat to help you trial living independently. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access a Transitions flat when you are 16-18-year old if this is right for you. You will receive support from a housing support worker who will support you between 10 – 30 hours per week. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access the emergency accommodation pad in an absolute emergency. (Additional Help Offered)

• We work closely with Wolverhampton Homes to ensure that you will not be made intentionally homeless when you are living in a Wolverhampton Homes property. (Additional Help Offered)

• We work in partnership with Wolverhampton Homes to support you in securing a tenancy when you turn 18. (Additional Help Offered)

• If you are a Wolverhampton Homes care leaver tenant, you will receive rent subsidy on account, to help protect your rent payments. (Additional Help Offered)

• If you are a Wolverhampton Homes care leaver tenant, you can get support in receiving essential setting up home items. (Additional Help Offered)

• If you are a care leaver who lives in Wolverhampton you are fully exempt from Council Tax up to the age of 25. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will receive up to £2,000 Setting up Home Grant when you move into your accommodation

• You will be offered priority (Band 1) allocations with Wolverhampton Homes. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have the opportunity to Stay Put in with your foster carer until you are 21

• If you are leaving custody you will have a visit from the Senior Housing Support Worker to ensure you have a suitable accommodation on release. (Additional Help Offered)

Care Leaver Offer - Education, Training & Employment

We want to support you to have high aspirations for yourself and enable you to reach your full potential, to achieve this:

• You can get information, support and guidance in applying for a place in Higher Education. You can receive support when you are there, and advice when you are ready to leave.

• If you attend university either locally or nationally, you will be entitled to a bursary to support you financially

• You can get support on post-graduation career planning. (Additional Help Offered)

• We will offer you financial assistance whilst at university, which includes support with travel, accommodation and academic books. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get support from the Education Employment and Training (EET) Coordinator offering information advice and guidance on accessing education training and employment. This includes help with career planning and support with accessing funding. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can attend a weekly drop in session at The Way every Friday afternoon and individual appointments are also available for career advice and support. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get support to ensure you have appropriate clothing for interviews. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will have a post 16 Personal Education Plans (PEP) whilst you are still looked after and in education, employment and training

• You can receive a post 16 PEP as a care leaver to help support you with your employment, education or training. (Additional Help Offered)

• We can provide you with help and support in accessing work experience

• You can get support from Connexions, who provide careers advice and support to young people aged 13-19, and up to age 25 if you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)

• If you’re not in education, employment or in training you can get additional support to help you. This can include support from Impact, who will help you to access support to get into education, training and employment

• When ready for work you can get support from a work coach from Wolves@Work. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can find out about opportunities on getting into work through the website WorkBox http://www.wolvesworkbox.com/  here you will find The City of Wolverhampton Council multiple apprenticeship opportunities available to you. (Additional Help Offered)

• As a care leaver you will be guaranteed an interview for any apprenticeship you apply for. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access support with interview techniques through the EET coordinator and you can participate in a mock interview that will be related to the position you are applying for. (Additional Help Offered)

• Wolverhampton Homes offer 5 apprenticeships opportunities per year to care leavers. (Additional Help Offered)

• The Children and Young People’s Service, offer 3 work opportunities per year to care leavers. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will receive a £1000 bursary when undertaking an apprenticeship

• You can get financial support with travel, clothes and equipment when starting work

• You can access free dry-cleaning services through Timpson’s to help you to prepare for interviews. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access a 50% discount on transport on most Network West Midlands travel passes, and National Express travel passes for up to three months when you start a new job. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can access a 16-18 photocard which entitles all 16-18-year olds to buy child rate tickets for travel on the bus, train and tram. The 16-18 photocard is available to those in full-time education, apprentices, trainees and those in employment. (Additional Help Offered)

• You could be entitled to an English National Concessionary Pass which gives those of you who are registered disabled, free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' from Monday to Friday

Care Leaver Offer - Relationships

We want you to have good, positive and secure relationships, to help you with this:

• You can drop in to the Transitions Team for information, advice and guidance from a duty worker Monday to Friday 9am. - 4.30pm. (Additional Help Offered)

• You will be able to get help and support in maintaining, or regaining, contact with your family if safe for you to do so

• You will receive a young person’s advisor (YPA) up until the age of 25

• You will receive a birthday card from the Director of Children’s Services on your 18 and 21 birthdays. You will receive a £25 birthday gift on your birthdays between 18 and 21. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can receive support from a mentor for children who are looked after and care leavers. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can have access to the Grandmentors Scheme supported by Volunteering Matters, giving you mentor support from a grandparent figure. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can receive support from a mentor at Head Start. http://www.headstartonline.co.uk/ambassadorsapplication/. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can receive support from a mentor at the Way Youth Zone https://www.thewayyouthzone.org/mentoring. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can receive support from a mentor - The Combined Authority Mayor’s Mentors Programme. http://www.wmca.org.uk/mayorsmentors. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get peer to peer support at the Indi Group and at the Care Leavers Forum. (Additional Help Offered)

Care Leaver Offer - Health & Wellbeing

We want you to have the right support to have a happy and healthy life to help you achieve this:

• You will receive children who are looked after Health Passport and a leaving care health summary. Access to information, advice and guidance for specific health needs will be offered by the nurses who support children who are looked after

• You can receive free membership to The Way Youth Zone, if you are 19 or under. This will enable you to have access to all services offered at The Way. A drop in for care leavers up to age 19 is held every Friday from 12-4pm offering you opportunities to seek support and advice. (Additional Help Offered)

• Your YPA can access information and advice from the children who are looked after Nurse around your health needs

• You can find out about essential health services via the children who are looked after webpage. www.wolverhamptonlac.co.uk. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get support from adult services where this is required

• You can attend a quarterly sexual health workshop. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get help to make good and safe sexual health choices from Embrace which includes free access to the Contraceptive ‘C’ Card scheme and ‘hometesting’ sexual health screening kit

• You can attend the care leavers’ allotment, Plot to Plate which encourages you to have a healthy diet and lifestyle and gives you chance to grow and cook your own produce. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can attend the Indi Group, an independence programme where you can meet other care leavers and staff. This is held at The Way Youth Zone every Friday from 4.30pm - 7.30pm. (Additional Help Offered)

• If you live in a Transitions flat you will be offered the opportunity to achieve an Asdan accreditation in Living Independently to help you develop your skills as you move into adulthood. (Additional Help Offered)

• If you are a young parent, you can attend a group that runs at The Way Youth

Zone, which will support, guide and encourage you to learn good parenting skills. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can have free membership to all WV Active gyms within Wolverhampton and can you can take a guest with you. Here you will also be able to get free one to one swimming lessons, and free life guard training is also available. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can have a free haircut on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at WoW hair salon Cannock Road Salon, Wolverhampton. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can have counselling support from the Children’s Society and Barnardo’s. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can receive online counselling from Kooth, the provider of the service, up to the age of 19. https://kooth.com/. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can get support to improve your mental health from Healthy Minds.

http://www.wolverhamptonhealthyminds.nhs.uk/. (Additional Help Offered)

• You can receive support with substance misuse. You can get this from Wolverhampton Recovery Near You

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