In 2008 we expanded our education programme to include community care work. When Local Authorities fail to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and young people, our community care programme ensures they step up. A lot of young people come from difficult family backgrounds or have experienced recent trauma which means that they need additional support that their families are unable to provide. Whether a young person is still living with their family or whether they are in care, there are a number of duties that social services owe young people to ensure that they are provided with appropriate support.
Our Community Care solicitor will work with young people to ensure that local authority conduct appropriate assessments of a young person’s needs with a view to obtaining them the support that they require. Examples of support that a local authority can provide includes keywork support, referrals to counselling, respite care, budgeting and other independent living skills support.
Once young people have spent a certain amount of time in local authority care, they are entitled to what is often called ‘leaving care support’ – this includes in particular being allocated a personal adviser and being provided with a pathway plan.
To see examples of our community care work click here.
To find out more about our youth homlessness work, click here.
If you would like to refer a young person to any of our programmes please contact us directly.