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Leaving Care

Leaving care means that you are between 16 to 18 and have previously been in care, but are no longer legally ‘looked after’ by  Children’s Services.


You don’t have to leave care when you’re 16; you can stay until you are 18, unless you feel ready to be more independent.

If you are in foster care, you can also request a ‘Staying Put Arrangement’ to remain in your foster home after you turn 18.

When you leave care Children’s Services still have a duty to support you until the age of 21, or 25 if you are in full time education or have a disability. You should receive the support of a Personal Adviser until you are 25.

Find out what your rights are and more advice on the Helping Hand website.