Staying Close Pilot
In 2017 Fair Ways was chosen as one of 8 organisations to pilot ‘Staying Close’, a government initiative, funded through the Department for Educations’ Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.
Currently young people leaving residential care go from 24 hour residential support to minimal or no support which can lead them to being unprepared for adult life. For some young people this results in homelessness, unemployment and engaging in criminal activity. ‘Staying Close’ will enable young people leaving residential care to live near to, and retain links with, their children’s homes past the age of 18. Staying Close is designed to prove that by providing support to YP’s past the age of 18 their chances in life are much improved.
In two years’ time the pilots will be evaluated to test what has worked across the range of pilots, in particular evaluating the outcomes achieved for young people through the projects. Following the evaluation Staying Close will be rolled out nationally, like Staying Put.
Fair Ways Staying Close
The pilot has 4 key elements
of care leavers have some form of mental health issue compared to just 10% of their peers
of 19-year-old care leavers are not in education
only of care leavers go to university
of people who are homeless have been in care at some point in their lives
of female care leavers become teenage parents
of the adult prison population have previously been in care
We will be evaluated by Oxford & York University at the end of our 2 year pilot
Partnering Local Authorities
We are partnering with local authorities for the pilot.
The Project Committee
Head of Looked After Childrens Services
Head of Post 16
Why it’s important
A high proportion (53%) of children in Children’s homes at 31st March 2015 had a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP);
In 2013, about 62% had clinically significant mental health difficulties and 74% were reported to have been violent or aggressive in the previous six months; and as of 31st March 2015, most of the children in Children’s homes were between the ages of 10 to 15 (56%) or 16 or over (41%)