We are a ‘corporate parent’ to a number of local children and young people who can’t live with their birth family. We have legal duties to young people who have experience of being in care, like staying in touch and offering support, help and advice. We aim to work together in partnership with young people who are eligible for support via the Torbay ‘Leaving Care’ Service, and are keen to hear from you if you’d like to be involved.
We support care leavers from 16 up to the age of 21, and also up to the age of 25 if that’s what you want. We aim to support all our care leavers to live fulfilling lives, and to enjoy their adulthood and independence.
Young people are usually ‘eligible’ for this service when a young person has been in care for 13 weeks after the age of 14 and is still in care at age 16 or 17. If you don’t know if you are eligible, your Social Worker or our team can help or you can find out if you are a care-leaver online.
We help care-experienced young people to be ready and prepared for independence, at a time that is right for you. You will have regular contact with your ‘Personal Advisor’, who offers:
- practical help (e.g. helping you secure a tenancy, paying for certain things in your home),
- emotional support (e.g. being there when you need us, keeping your motivation up)
- advice and information (e.g. helping you go through your housing options, choosing the right course and college)
Young people are helped to complete and update a ‘Pathway Plan’ with their Social Worker and/or Personal Advisor when they are 16. The plan sets out what the young person wants to achieve in life, how they plan to achieve it, and who will help them along the way.
We also assess young people aged 16 or 17 who are homeless and/or there has been a family breakdown, and guide them towards support in Housing and Children’s (Social) Services.
Are you a care-experienced young person or adult? Didn’t ‘qualify’ or no longer qualify for support from your Local Authority, but have spent time in care? Please visit the Rees Foundation website, for support, advice, and guidance to all care leavers of any age. The Rees Foundation offers life-long support to anyone who has spent time in care as a child or young person.
Contact us if you are worried about COVID-19 (coronavirus) or just want to talk.
A Guide to Leaving Care, Plus the Financial Support Paid to Care Leavers – our ‘local offer’
Details of the entitlements for care leavers in Torbay from August 2020.
Use your after care plan to plan your future, in terms of where you want to live and whether you want to continue in education or go to work
Help, information, guidance and support for individuals and carers around debt and mental health.
- After Care Guide - Support for starting higher education
- is a user-led charity run by care leavers for care leavers. To bring together the voices of care leavers of all ages so that we improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their lives and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care as children. Read their
- Guide to the different Higher Education choices
- Guide for young people who are in care or left care. Information about staying with your foster carer after 18 -
- NCAS Guide to Post 21 Education - Support you may be entitled to when you are 21 and over
- Adopt a child
- Become a foster carer
- Family Information Service Directory
- Get help for a child at risk
- Services and support
- Find a social work job
- Strategies and policies
- Complain about children's social care
- Private fostering
- Child employment
- Peninsula Commissioning and Procurement Partnership
- Special Guardianship Support