The Pathways team and Personal Advisor team offer support to young people who have left the care of the local authority up to the age of 21, or up to the age of 25 if they are in a course of education or training agreed with the local authority and recorded in the Pathway plan.
The Pathways and Personal Advisors teams provide statutory duties and responsibilities to care leavers which includes offering advice and support with education, training and employment, accommodation and general welfare.
The staff are particularly skilled in building relationships with young people and go the extra mile to support and encourage young people to become independent.
The term ‘leaving care’ can be a bit frightening but the team are here to make this a smooth transition for you and your carers.
Leaving Care is probably one of the most difficult times in a young person’s life, so it’s essential that they are properly prepared and ready for the challenge.
In an attempt to give clarity for both carers and young people it is important that the route towards independence is clearly mapped out so that information is available as to how and when it will happen and who will be involved at the various stages.
With this very much in mind the department developed the Leaving Care service, which is a dedicated team of workers whose primary role is to help prepare young people for leaving care and support them once living independently.
The Pathways team and the Personal Advisor team are guided by various pieces of legislation which outline the responsibility placed upon us in relation to looked after children.
There are a number of key themes within the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2004 which should underpin our work with the young people. These are:-
- Look after young people until they are prepared and ready to leave care
- Ensure that young people leaving care have access to a range of accommodation and the support and skills to maintain themselves in their accommodation
- Ensure that there is a contingency provision to support care leavers in a crisis
- Inform young people leaving care of available services - including the provision of accessible leaving care guides for young people upon request.
- Involve young people in all assessment, planning, review and decision making arrangements for leaving care
A huge investment is made in ensuring that young people are offered a very high standard of care whilst they are looked after by the department. It is our paramount aim to ensure that at the point of leaving care a continuing high standard of support is offered which will enable the transition towards independence to be manageable and a positive experience.
My Planner has been produced by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and designed to give help and advice to young people leaving local authority care.
If you want to discuss anything further with a member of the Pathways team please contact us on: 01492 574000.
Pathway Team - Financial Policy
The Looked After Plan
When I Am Ready - guide for young people
Young persons guide to leaving care