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Care leavers


If you are a young person leaving care, we have a duty to help and support you until you turn 21 or for longer if you continue with your education or training. Recent changes to the law mean that you can receive help and support until you are 25 but this is optional.

The amount of support you can get when you leave care depends on your age and circumstances. It is often confusing understanding the terms we use to describe care leavers. You may need to know what term applies to you when understanding your rights and the support available.