We have created this core offer to tell you about all the services and support that we have in North Yorkshire for you as a care leaver. We know that leaving care might be difficult at times and we want you to know that just because you are leaving or have left care, we haven’t stopped caring about you.
The core offer to care leavers aims to clearly set out your entitlements and what you can expect from us in one document. We hope it will help you make the most out of the services available to you. Your leaving care case worker will talk to you about the information in the core offer but if you have any questions or if you feel you need something different, just ask them. If we agree to help you with something which we haven’t put in the core offer, we will record this clearly in your pathway plan, which means if we don’t do what we have agreed with you, you can hold us to account.
We want to make sure that you feel listened to and know that what you say matters to us. To do this we ask our care leavers what is important to them and what they think about what we do. We have used this feedback to help us write this document and we will continue to listen to your views to make sure the help we give you is the help you need.
Who are the leaving care team?
All our departments have a responsibility to act as your ‘corporate parent’, which means it is a shared responsibility to be good parents to you and to other young people leaving our care. The leaving care team sit within our children and families service and will be your main point of contact. Your leaving care case worker will support you directly whilst also coordinating any additional support you receive, either from us or our partners. They all have different backgrounds but usually will have experience in a field such as youth work, social work, children’s residential care or teaching. We also have more specialist workers within our team who we may ask to work with you, people like clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, family group conference workers and opportunity brokers who can help you find work, education and create opportunities just for you. We also have a manager in each of our 4 areas who organise their teams to help give you the best possible support we can.
Who can get the support in this core offer?
We know a lot of people are looked after and are care experienced but not everyone will be a ‘care leaver’ who is entitled to the support provided by us.
To be able to get the support provided by us, you must have been in care for a period of at least 13 weeks (or periods amounting to 13 weeks) which began after age 14 and included some time after your sixteenth birthday. If you are not sure whether you are entitled to support, then ask your social worker or leaving care worker. There is also a flow chart below which will help you to work out your leaving care status.