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A change in the law now allows us to continue to support our young people who have left care up until the age of 25.

The support is not compulsory but if you are stuck, have a problem or simply need some extra advice or support you can come back to us.

We will do a needs assessment with you, but this may only need to be about the reason you contacted us. We may decide together there is more that we can do than you thought and so the needs assessment may be more detailed, but you are in control of this.

We may not be able to solve everything ourselves, however if we cannot, we will help ensure that you are pointed in the right direction, and a Personal Advisor can support and advocate for you with others when needed. This support may be about one thing only so you do not have to have a full pathway plan to do this, but some people may need or want one and that is fine too.

This is simply about ensuring that you have the right level of support at the right time. Usually our service to you will be around advice, guidance and advocacy, rather than financial support, however we can support you in how to seek financial guidance where needed. Obviously we are there to support you, and on occasions, based on clear assessment of need we may be able to offer some financial support in the very short term.

What we can support you with

The sort of things that we may be able to offer support and guidance on are:

  • Becoming a parent
  • Emotional and physical health needs
  • Advice on housing and financial issues
  • Starting work or going back to education
  • Support around leaving the criminal justice system if applicable
  • Domestic abuse or any form of exploitation

There may be other things that you need advice or support on, so please contact us if you need to, about anything that you want advice and support about and we will do what we can to help.

Remember, we can offer a full pathway planning service too, it is your service, so you can decide what you need help with. We may advise that you need more support than you ask for, but it will be up to you to decide if you want to have this.

You can contact us when you are ready

Importantly, you do not have to remain open the service for a long time if you want or need any support, simply until you decide that the things that you contacted us about are sorted out. Even if you decide after talking to us that you do not want a service at that point, you can come back to us at any time up until the age of 25 years to get some advice. Obviously the earlier you ask for our support the more time we will have to help out.

If you would like some more information about what this change in the law means for you then please have a look at this document on GOV.UK which will tell you all you need to know.

If you think would benefit from some extra advice or support then please contact the Pathways Duty Worker on 023 8091 5350 and we will be delighted to talk through what we can do to support you.

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