Health needs of care leavers

The Care Leavers Association (CLA) has published findings from a study into the health needs of care leavers. Recommendations from a survey of the health needs of 418 care leavers of all ages include: the health needs of looked after children and care leavers to be a distinct section in the Joint Strategic Needs; that a young person in care has a comprehensive health assessment at entry into care which is then monitored and updated on a regular basis; the commissioning of a range of mental health and wellbeing services that specifically support looked after children and care leavers.
The CLA has also produced a Commissioning Toolkit for care leavers to guide commissioners to better meet the needs of care leavers through the commission process, and a short guide, created by care leavers, on how to work with adolescent children in care and care leavers.

Source: CLA news page  Date: 18 January 2018

Further information: Caring for better health: an investigation into the health needs of care leavers (PDF)

Commissioning toolkit for care leavers (PDF)

45 care leaver friendly ways (PDF)