Leaving Care Team
- Provide advice, guidance and support to young people who have been looked after by Stockton Borough Council to ensure they make a successful transition to adult life.
- Provide financial assistance and support to young people who have been looked after by Stockton Borough Council.
- Provide Guidance and encouragement to ensure young people who have been looked after by Stockton Borough Council have access to education, training and employment opportunities.
- Ensure that young people who have been looked after by Stockton Borough Council have access to suitable and appropriate accomodation.
Where to go
Youth & Leaving Care Service, 52-54
Stockton Town Centre
- TS18 1HE
Each young person who is eligible for Leaving Care Services will be allocated a Personal Advisor. The advisor will assist the young person by offering advice, guidance and support. The category of eligibility of the young person will depend on the level of support offered. Each young person accessing the service will have their needs assessed and a comprehensive Pathway Plan outlining how the young person will be supported by the service. Pathway plans will be reviewed every 6 months and will cover the following areas of need/support: Health, Accomodation, Education/Training, Family and Social, Emotional and Behavioural, Self-care and Social Presentation, Self-care (finance), Identity, Hobbies/Social/Leisure and Independent Living Skills.
The service offers a duty team system whereby young people have access to support, advice and guidance from the team should their allocated worker be out of the office/on leave.
Young people who are entitled to leaving care services fall into one of four categories:
1) An Eligible Child - Is looked after. Is 16 or 17 years of age and has been looked after by the local authority for a period of at least 13 weeks, or periods amounting to at least 13 weeks since the young person reached the age of 14 and includes at least one day after the age of 16 years.
2) A Relevant Child - Is not looked after. Is aged 16 or 17 and was an eligible child before they ceased being looked after.
3) A Former Relevant Child - Is aged 18-21, and either has been a relevant child and would be one if under the age of 18 or immediately before ceasing to be looked after at age 18, was an eligible child.
4) A Qualifying Child - Is aged between 16 and 21, is not looked after. Was looked after at some point from the age of 16. Is not an Eligible or Relevant Child. When reaching the age of 18 was the subject of a Special Guardianship Order and was looked after immediately prior to the making of that order. Was Privately Fostered at some point from the age of 16.
- Contact Name
- Craig Piggott
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Transition to Adulthood
- SEN Provision Type