Barnardo’s have published a report looking at the experiences of young people in the UK leaving the care system. Interviews with 23 care leavers about their experiences found that an overwhelming proportion reported that they had had little or no choice about where they moved after leaving care, and many did not feel ready to live independently, saying they had not been prepared with the practical skills needed. Recommendations to government include making it easier for young people to stay with their foster carers until the age of 21 and to place the ‘Staying Close’ scheme on similar legislative footing to ‘Staying Put’ so that it applies not just to young people in foster care but also to those in residential care.
Read the news story: Barnardo’s report highlights the fear and ordeals of children and young people when leaving care
Read the report: No place like home: improving outcomes for young people leaving care (PDF)
Date: 25 May 2021