To be able to get the support set out in this website, you must have been in care for a period of at least 13 weeks (or periods amounting to 13 weeks) which began after age 14 and included some time after your 16th birthday. If you are not sure whether you qualify for support then speak to your personal adviser. The amount and type of support you will be able to access depends on your age and your circumstances. In order to understand the support that you are entitled to receive you will need to understand some key words which are used to describe the status of care leavers.  

Eligible 

You are an Eligible Care Leaver if...

Relevant


You are a Relevant Care Leaver if...

Former Relevant 

You are a Former Relevant Care Leaver if...

Qualifying

You are a Qualifying Care Leaver if...


As a Qualifying Care Leaver you are able to access advice and assistance based on an updated needs assessment completed by the Care and Support Service.
 

Extension to 25 years old


The Children and Social Work Act 2017 extends the age of which you can access support and guidance up to 25 regardless of if you are in education, employment or training. If you are unsure if you entitled to receive this support then please contact the Care and Support Service on 0161 253 6666 and ask to speak to the duty worker.