New Report: Care Leavers support system in England should redirect resources to the front-line
- Leaving care is often a traumatic time for care leavers. On leaving care, there is 23% increase in mental health conditions; 19% have no one they can turn to for help. Nearly 40% of 19-21 year olds care leavers are not in employment, education or training.
- Personal advisers from local authorities express frustration that they cannot give more support to care leavers. Today’s report suggests that around 30% of personal advisers’ time is spent on crisis cases. Nearly a quarter of their time is taken up by administration.
- Current system is creaking under the weight of statutory responsibilities. Resources need to be redirected to free up personal advisers’ time to collaborate more closely with care leavers. This could transform outcomes for young people leaving care.