You are a Former Relevant care leaver if:
If at the age of 21 you're still being helped by Lancashire county Council with education or training then you'll remain a Former Relevant young person, until a maximum age of 25. What support you'll be receiving must be set out in your pathway plan.
You can also return back to Lancashire County Council at any point between your 21st and 25th birthday if you want to return to education or training. You will then be a Former Relevant young person once again.
Now that you're 18 you will be able to access your Junior ISA or Child Trust Fund, please discuss this with your personal adviser.
Now that you're 18 you will no longer receive a weekly leaving care allowance. If you are not receiving an income from employment, apprenticeship or in Higher Education then you will need to make a claim for benefits for your weekly income and rent.
Support will be based on your needs assessment and noted in your pathway plan. Below are some of the entitlements you may still receive as a Former Relevant care leaver:
There are some exceptions to these entitlements and some young people may be entitled to additional benefits or funding. You should speak to your personal adviser if you have any questions about what you are entitled to.
If you are an Unaccompanied Asylum seeking young person and were previously Eligible or Relevant before your 18th birthday then you will be considered a Former Relevant Young Person under the Childrens Leaving Care Act 2000. For more detailed information see the migrant children section of the Coram Children's Legal Centre website.
Your personal adviser will work with you to ensure that you have all the information that you need about different education, employment and training opportunities that are available. The council has its own apprenticeship schemes that we can help you apply for and we have good links with local further education colleges. Talk to your personal adviser to see what options are out there for you.
We work closely with local universities to provide opportunities for care leavers to experience university life. For more information on support provided for care leavers at university check the Propel website.
You may decide at some point between the ages of 21-25 that you want to go back into education or training, if so then contact us on 0300 123 6720 and a personal adviser will get back to you to arrange a time to see you. The personal adviser will need to undertake an assessment to see what support we can help you with.
Childrens Services must keep all of your case records such as reviews, assessments and pathway plans. Once you are 18 years of age you can ask to access your records. Once you have requested access to your records they will be prepared and some third party information (about other people) may be removed. Your personal adviser will be able to explain more about this and support you with applying for access. You may want to consider having someone with you when you read through your records to provide support.
For more information about your records and how to request access to them see the guide your information your rights (PDF 246KB) you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, you'll need to provide a copy of your ID.
To find out more about leaving care, education and benefits check these websites.