Staying Close Pilot
Young people leaving care often tell us that they face a ‘cliff-edge’ where support decreases after they turn 18. This can often lead to negative outcomes, undermining years of great work by the young person, support workers and social workers.
DID YOU KNOW?
34,720 care leavers in 2016
41% of those are not in Education, Training or Employment
A further, 7% are not in suitable accommodation
And an additional 10% of these care leavers are not contactable
We want to run pilots that will address challenges faced by them and support the development of Staying Close to engage with as many young people leaving residential care as possible. We want to provide a meaningful Staying Close offer to all young people leaving residential care that meets and supports their varied needs.
We are one of the 8 successful proposals to receive funding to run a 2-year pilot.
We outlined three significant problems and offered solutions as follows:
1) When turning 18 many young people are forced to move a great distance from their peer and social networks.
2) Many of the professional relationships which are key supports for the young person are completely severed.
3) Young people often have no clear plan for where they will be living in six months’ time from the age of 15.5 onwards. This uncertainty can lead to disengagement from professionals which in turn feeds in to the negative cycle.
1) We will involve the young person in drawing up a pathway plan (alongside the local authority) as soon as possible after they are 15 years and 9 months old.
2) The plan will include details on key professional relationships that will be maintained over the period where the young person is approx. 16-21.
3) A peer mentoring scheme will be established for young people to initially be supported though the programme but latterly for them to become peer supports themselves.
Fair Ways Staying Close pilot details
The pilot has 4 key elements
We are going to be evaluated by Oxford & York University. In a few weeks’ time we will have more information about what this looks like including measurement tools etc.
First Young People into pilot Feb 2017.
Partnering Local Authorities
We are partnering with local authorities for the pilot.