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).
Last updated: 12 March 2019