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Leaving Care in Buckinghamshire

2. Who is a care leaver?

A care leaver is a young person who has previously been in care. The type of support package you can get depends on a number of different things.

You can get support if:

  • you are aged 16 and 17, have been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and are still in care – this is called being eligible
  • you are aged 16 and 17, have been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and have left care – this is called being relevant
  • you are over 18 and were previously 'eligible' or 'relevant'
  • you are over 16 but under 21; and
  • was in care prior to the making of a Special Guardianship Order which was in force when you became 18; or
  • were in care at any time after your 16th birthday but not in residential or foster care; or
  • were privately fostered and assessed to be in need.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for support, just ask your social worker or personal advisor (PA).

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Last updated: 21 December 2017

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