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Looked after children

4. When you leave care

If you are 18 years old and about to leave foster care or a children’s home, you may be eligible for leaving care services.  You will be eligible if;

  • You have been in care for 13 weeks from the age of 14 and are still in care aged 16-17
  • You may have left care and are aged 16 or 17
  • If you are aged over 21 years and you enroll on a higher education course you may be eligible for leaving care support up to the age of 24

It is important to talk to your Personal Advisor about the allowances that may be available to you and what your responsibilities are when receiving them.

View our detailed guide on leaving care

Visit created by We Do Care in collaboration with care leavers.

When you leave care

When you first leave foster care or a children's home, dependent on your needs, you will be given an allowance based on current benefit rates until you are able to claim benefits from the Department of Work & Pensions or gain employment.

When you are 16 and 17

We will provide you with money to cover your basic needs, ie funding for accommodation, weekly allowance (for food, phone credit, toiletries etc) clothing allowance, as well as birthday and Christmas/festivals gifts.

Dependent on your circumstances you may also be entitled to help with:

  • Education/training or employment costs
  • Health and counselling needs
  • Leisure activities
  • Important documents ie birth certificate, passport
  • Contact with family and other important adults in your life
  • Incentive payments

When you are 18

If, at the age of 18, you still require financial assistance you are entitled to claim benefits. Your personal adviser will assist you to claim benefits and support you while your claim is being processed.

Contact information

The Aftercare Team 


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Last updated: 18 December 2018

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