.....and “cut adrift” due to the poor quality of support they receive from local authorities. MPs have said. You can read more on this here.
Care leavers should receive support according to their needs rather than their age or whether they are in education or training, MPs have heard. England's Department for Education permanent secretary Chris Wormald told the Commons Public Accounts Committee those in education or training were entitled to support until they were 25. But for other care leavers, this entitlement ended at 21. And this "anomaly" meant the most vulnerable had the least support.
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Prime Minister, David Cameron has said "Improving outcomes for children in care will form part of an “all out assault on poverty” by government .Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday, Cameron said children growing up in the care system are “almost guaranteed to live in poverty”. He pointed to the fact that 84 per cent leave school without five good GCSEs, 70 per cent of prostitutes were once in care, and care leavers are four times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else. “These children are in our care; we, the state, are their parents – and what are we setting them up for? The dole, the streets, an early grave?,” he said. “This shames our country and we will put it right.”
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The Public Accounts Committee says there has been a "systemic failing" in support to young people leaving foster care or children's homes. Its chair Meg Hillier MP says young adults are "let down by the system that's supposed to support them". Click here to read the full article.
A new framework, aimed at improving the accommodation available for care leavers, has been launched in a bid to prevent homelessness among care leavers, who make up 30% of the homeless population.
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Excerpt from Ofsted report 2015
More work needs to be done to improve the accommodation provided to young people who have left care. Feeling safe and secure where they live is important to these young people if they are going to achieve the things they are capable of.
15. Establish effective processes to enable care leavers’ views to inform service development.
16. Ensure that all care leavers have access to good quality information about their health histories and their entitlements.
17. Improve the quality of pathway planning by:
Many local authorities and their partners are struggling to provide a good enough standard of help, care and protection for some of England’s most vulnerable children, Ofsted’s second annual social care report reveals today.
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