What you can expect from us
We know that it is a big step when you move out of care and start living independently on your own or with friends.
Just because you are leaving care, or have already left care, we haven’t stopped caring about you and we can help. We want to make sure that you feel safe and supported and know where and who to go to for advice and help.
The local offer to care leavers
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 told us that we need to publish a ‘local offer to care leavers’
This local offer will provide information about all the services and support that is available to care leavers who were in the care of Derby City Council. This information will tell you about what you can expect from us. This support may vary dependent on your circumstances.
The act also states that you will be able to ask for support from the Leaving Care services up to the age of 25, whether you are in education or training or not.
If you have left the service and are still under 25 then you can contact us for further information on how to access the support you may need.
To be able to get some or all of the support set out in this local offer, 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 you can contact the Leaving Care team or speak to your social worker.
Derby care leavers have been consulted with regards to the offer and this offer will be published and reviewed annually.
The offer is open to all Derby care leavers regardless of where you might be living.
We have some things that we must do as a service, but we have also consulted with a number of Derby care leavers with regards to what else we could offer you.