Each year over 10,000 young people leave the care system and become care leavers. National Care Leaver’s Week is a time to recognise that leaving care can be difficult, whilst also providing an opportunity to challenge negative perceptions.
National Care Leavers Week is a time for celebration and recognition of young people’s achievements, to showcase and celebrate their successes and to inspire them to achieve their full potential.
This year we held an awards ceremony. The eight categories were:
· achievements in education employment or training
· positive contribution to society
· best sense of humour
· most stylish/glam
· most improved in English language
· ‘diva leaver’
· most creative
· overcoming adversity
Congratulations to all of the winners who each received a gift card.
In Warrington care leavers support the development of important policy and changes to practice to support and improve outcomes for young people who are in or have left care supported by two child in care ambassadors.
Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children’s services said: “All young people experience big changes in their late teenage years and early twenties, but for those leaving care this can be even harder to navigate.
“We want the very best for our young people in care and our care leavers. We know that the move from being a looked after child to a care leaver is a uniquely critical time in a young person’s life and as a council it is our responsibility to make sure that they have the support available to them that so many of us may take for granted.
“As a corporate parent, we have the same aspirations for our care leavers as we would our own children. We are here to listen, advise and support our young people so they can go on to achieve the very best in life for themselves.”
In Warrington there are around 220 care leavers aged 16 to 25 for whom the council as a whole has responsibility. Care leavers are a uniquely vulnerable group who face particular challenges as they enter adult life. They have great talents and aspirations and this week is about raising awareness of the needs of care leavers, and encouraging local authorities to work in a coordinated and effective way to give them the support they need.