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Care leaving services for 18 to 25 year olds

A young person who has been looked after may be eligible for care leaving services when they reach the age of 18.

If you are a care leaver, you may be eligible for services:

  • from the ages of 18 to 21
  • from the ages of 18 to 25 if you are in further or higher education

If you are in education, you will be eligible for an annual bursary paid by the Council. The bursary is to help contribute towards your accommodation and living expenses.  

The aim of care leaving services to help you live a successful and independent life. We will encourage you to be involved in some sort of education, training or employment while we are working with you.

Who is eligible for care leaving services

To be eligible for care leaving services, you must have been looked after for:

  • 13 weeks from your fourteenth birthday and
  • at least one night once you turned 16 years of age

Care leavers born in the UK

If you were born in the UK and are eligible for care leaving services:

  • you will carry on seeing your allocated social worker
  • your care plan will become a pathway plan - this will document your needs and help map out your future

Care leavers born outside the UK

If you were born outside the UK, have made a claim for asylum and are eligible for care leaving services:

  • the Unaccompanied Minors and Care Leavers Service will still be responsible for you
  • your pathway plan will be reviewed at least every six months

Not in care before your eighteenth birthday but eligible

If you were no longer being looked after before your eighteenth birthday but are eligible for leaving care services, you can expect to get support up until you are 25 years old if you are in further or higher education. 

Information about young people's entitlement is outlined in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Pledge. This includes financial entitlements. 

For further information, visit:

Care leaving services (external site)

Last Updated 19/11/2020

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