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Who is a Care Leaver?

LO care leavers

All Local Authorities have a duty to provide support to many adults who have been Looked After, that is they have spent time in foster or residential care or in other arrangements outside their immediate or extended family before the age of 18. These people are known as Care Leavers and support is provided for them up to the age of 25.

All Care Leavers must have been Looked After for at least 13 weeks after their 14th birthday.

The amount of support you can get when you leave care depends on your age and circumstances. There are three types of Care Leaver: 

If you are aged 16 or 17 and you are still in care, you are what is known as an Eligible young person.  You are still a Looked After Child and Children's Services should continue to work with you as before but should start helping you to prepare to live more independently.

If you are aged 16 or 17 and you have left care, you are a Relevant young person.

If you are aged 18 to 24, and you have left care you and you were previously Eligible or Relevant or both, you are a Former Relevant young person. 

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