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Driving change for care leavers: Mark Riddell, national implementation adviser for care leavers

Derren Hayes meets the social worker driving reforms for care leavers.

How to improve care, by those who have lived it

Those who have been in care are uniquely placed to identify how well services for looked-after children are working. Here five care leavers share their experiences and set out what needs to change.

Legal Update: Care leavers and the 'local offer'

Stewart MacLachlan, legal & policy officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at recent changes in leaving care support, including the introduction of the "local offer" and support for young migrants.

Inspections: Leaving care services

The standard of support for care leavers is cause for concern for Ofsted, with high proportions of young people struggling in the transition to independent living after leaving council care.

How to protect care leavers and looked-after children after Brexit

The UK government has set out proposals for those who currently have European Union rights to live, work and study in the UK to be able to apply for a form of settled status on or after withdrawal from the EU.

Your guide to the Children and Social Work Act

What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.

Enduring ties

The government is reviewing the role of personal advisers in supporting care leavers' transition to adulthood after its Keep on Caring strategy gave councils new duties. Charlotte Goddard investigates.

Innovation in care leaver support

Janet Rich explains how the New Belongings project has improved care leaving services.

Improving care leaver housing

Councils are warned to plan further ahead to avoid placing care leavers in unsuitable accommodation.

Raising ambitions for care leavers

Care leavers are more likely to struggle to access education, employment and training opportunities. Joe Lepper looks at the challenges and highlights areas helping young people to achieve their goals.

Good Practice

Flat opens up world of finance

The Money House helps 16- to 25-year-olds embarking on independent living manage their money and remain independent.

Care leavers fulfil work goals

The Drive Forward Foundation helps care leavers fulfil their potential through sustained employment.

How care leavers tap their strengths

Project builds emotional stability and wellbeing in care leavers.

Young Essex researchers sent to Finland on care leaver assignment

Five Essex children in care were trained as researchers to take part in a study comparing the experiences of UK care leavers with those in Finland

Young people choose to reach their potential

Caseworkers support disadvantaged young people to overcome multiple barriers and progress into education, employment and training

Care leaver support in Romania

Romania has a chequered past when it comes to the state looking after children.

How care leavers find employment

Scheme helps care leavers to achieve their full potential.

How older mentors aid care leavers

Project supports care leavers to access education, training or employment and live independently through mentoring by older people.

Break's Moving On service

Moving On is a service for young people aged 16 to 18 to prepare them for leaving residential care and independent living

How charity helps vulnerable young people move to independence

The Future 4 Me project supports young people making the transition from care or custody.

Research

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Transitioning Care Leavers With Mental Health Needs: 'They Set You Up to Fail!'

This small-scale study aimed to explore these issues by interviewing 12 care leavers with mental health needs.

A critical review of qualitative research into the experiences of young adults leaving foster care services

This paper qualitatively analyses children and young people's narratives (drawn from nine studies) of their experiences of transitions from care to independent living.

Transition from care to college

How the Higher Education Champions mentor support programme has helped looked-after children move successfully to university, and the key factors behind its success.