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Leaving Care - Local Offer

Local Offer for Care Leavers

Once a young person becomes 18 years of age they are no longer legally Looked After.

Although many young people leave care at 18, some young people may leave care before that.

The definition of a care leaver is a young person aged 16 or over who has been looked after by the local authority for a relevant period of time since their 14th birthday, and with a period of care taking place on or after their 16th birthday.

Other young people who were Looked After immediately before a Special Guardianship Order was granted, qualify for advice and assistance from us between the ages of 16 and 21.

Section 2 of the 2017 Children and Social Work Act requires local authorities to publish information about services offered to care leavers and other services that may assist care leavers to transition to adulthood and independent living. This will include financial support, housing, health, education and training. The local offer should ensure that all care leavers have a clear idea of what services are available to them, as well as helping to highlight any gaps in provision or support that the young person may need.

For more information view the Local Offer Handbook on the GOV.UK website (external link).

For more in depth information on the full range of services provided by Haringey please see the following:

We have also launched a newsletter which you can view here:


Care Leavers Rights video by the Care Leavers Information Organisation:

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