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 documents below and additional support we have been able to secure with the help of partner organisations. This is labelled with a "thumbs up" logo (Please refer to the documents in the downloads section of this page to view)
Guide for Care Leavers
The City of Wolverhampton have produced a new guide highlighting key information and support (statutory and additional) that is available to young people who have been in the care of the City and are now aged between 16-25. Please click on the link to access this information.
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 Adviser?
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.
In the concertina sections below the Care Offer broken down in relevant categories to help you find what service of support you may need.
If you require any further information please the service on the details below.