Care leavers and personal advisors
Definition of a care leaver
The amount of support you can get when you leave care depends on your age and circumstances.
It is often confusing understanding the terms that councils use to describe care leavers. You may need to know what term applies to you when understanding out how much support you can get.
There are several types of care leavers:
- Eligible care leaver is a young person still in care aged 16 and 17 who has been in care for a total of 13 weeks from the age of 14
- Relevant care leaver is someone aged 16 or 17 who has left care having been looked after for at least 13 weeks from the age of 14 (including some time aged 16 or 17). This includes young people who were in care immediately prior to being detained in a Youth Offending Institution, or hospital, from age 16
- Former relevant care leaver aged 18-25 who has been an eligible and/or relevant care leaver
- Former relevant child is a young person who is aged 18 to 25, and has been a relevant child (and would be one if aged under 18), or was an eligible child immediately before he/she ceased to be looked after at age 18.
If you are leaving care and are between the ages of 21 to 24, we’ll provide you with a Personal Advisor (PA). They will stay in regular contact with you and can give you help and advice if you need it.
They will take over your care planning and there are also some benefits you can apply for through your advisor.