Leaving Care - support for our young people leaving care and our Local Offer
Prospects Services, Calderdale's Pathway team, works with young people from Calderdale aged 16 and over who are looked after. Also, those that have left care up to the age of 21. We continue to work with young people up to age 25, if they are in further or higher education.
Our corporate parent and grandparent pledge to you: Care Leavers pledge .
What does corporate parenting and grand parenting mean for Calderdale’s children and young people? A message from Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council: Robin’s message .
If you are leaving care we will provide different services, information and support that includes advice to help you make the right choices and decisions through your transition to adulthood. A Pathway Advisor will work with you to write a pathway plan, which will look at things like accommodation, budgeting, health and education, training and employment.
Your service is based at Customer First, 19 Horton Street, Halifax HX1 1QE
You can also phone: 01422 394099 or find us on Facebook: Calderdale Pathway Service.
Your upcoming events
The Pathways Summer Picnic will be held on Wednesday 29th August 2018 at Mixenden Activity Centre. The fun starts at 2pm through until 6pm.
There will be lots of great activities and a picnic for everyone. To book your place or if you would like to know more please contact Claire Haymonds, Pathways Leaving Care Service Development and Improvement Co-Ordinator on Tel: 01422 394099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please book your place by Monday 27th August 2018 latest.
Our Local Offer and your guide to leaving care
Please take a look at your guide to leaving care: Pathway Leaving Care Information leaflet . This includes information about:
- Who is a Care Leaver?
- Social Workers and Personal Advisors
- Pathway Planning
- Care Leaver Entitlements
- Setting Up Home Allowance
- Somewhere to Live
- Further Education
- Employment and Training
- Support and somewhere to meet
- Financial Advice
- Care Leavers Pledge
- Children's Rights and Advocacy Service
- Useful Contacts
- Compliments, Complaints and Suggestions
- Legislation, Guidance, Regulations
Prospects Services have also developed a mobile phone app for you called ‘Wotify Calderdale’. This has been designed with young people leaving care to help answer the questions that young people need answers to as they move towards independence.
The App has almost 100 “Wotify” questions for example “Wotify I need to get a job?” to “Wotify get evicted?” and covers everything from housing, work, health to transport, money and relationships, giving short answers to “Wotify” questions and then linking you to useful sites for more information. You can also submit your own “Wotify” questions to be added to the range. The app is free simply search the Apple Store, Google Play or Windows store for “Wotify Calderdale”
Have your say
Upwards n Onwards (UnO), is a group created by our young people for our young people. It is there to enable you to ‘have your say’ about the services we provide. The purpose is to help make the right changes, meet other young people and have a space to relax. The group meets once every two weeks on Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm at Youth Works, in the Orange Box .
For more details, contact: Claire Haymonds, Pathways Leaving Care Service, Development and improvement Co-Ordinator by phone: 01422 394099 or email: email@example.com .
Transition means change. We know this can be a very difficult time for our young people. In Calderdale lots of different services have been working together to make it better and easier for you. An important part of this is writing and agreeing the ‘Transition Protocol’ for Calderdale that is agreed by Councillors and Senior Managers of the services that support you. Here is your guide ‘Transition from a Young Person to an Adult’ Transition from a Young Person to an Adult .
Positive choices - providing support during pregnancy and early years
- We will support you to make well informed choices about parenthood providing accurate information and time to explore how you feel so that you can make the decision that is right for you.
- Early support about sex and relationships so you have full understanding of family planning.
- Ensure you make choices based on open and honest support.
- Help you be a successful parent now and in the future.
- Support you to make the best choices to start a family and be a parent.
Contact details for the Positive Choices Team:
Phone: 01422 392622 or 01422 392681
Website: Positive Choices
Care to Learn scheme provides funding for childcare to help young parents (defined as those aged under 20) continue in education after the birth of a child. The scheme provides funding for childcare whilst the young parent is engaged in a study programme. It can also be used to help with travel costs involved in taking the child to the childcare provider.
The Care to Learn guide for the academic year 2018 to 2019 includes:
- detailed information on the scheme and eligibility criteria
- good practice examples to raise awareness of the scheme and support young parents with their applications
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 - what’s new?
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 is intended to improve support for looked after children and care leavers, promote the welfare and safeguarding of children, and make provisions about the regulation of social workers.
The important changes for our young people leaving care are:
Section 1 introduces seven principles of corporate parenting which local authorities must have regard to for looked after children or care leavers. This is whether, or not, they are, or were, the local authority looking after the child. Take a look at Robins message about our commitment to our role as Corporate Parents and Grandparents: Robin’s message .
Section 2 requires local authorities to publish information about the services it offers to care leavers, which may assist them in preparing for adulthood and independent living. These services may include health and wellbeing, education and training, employment, accommodation and participation in society. For more details, please see: Local Offer .
Section 3 requires local authorities to offer Personal Advisor (PA) support to all care leavers up to age 25 years.
For more details, please see our short guide: The Children and Social Work Act 2017 – Info sheet or contact Julia Clough, Commissioning Project Coordinator, phone: 01422 392028 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Other useful contacts and links
- Customer First email: email@example.com phone: 01422 288001
- Out of hours service (emergencies only) phone: 01422 288000
- Housing: Tel: 01422 264300
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Shelter phone: 03445 152315
- Children’s Rights and Advocacy - Our young people leaving care (age up to 25 years) can contact the Children’s Rights Service for support. Email: CRAAdmin@calderdale.gov.uk , phone:01422 288251, Text:: 07712 305060 / 07872 100923, Address: The Children’s Rights Service, 3rd Floor, Hoover Building, 21 West Parade, Halifax. HX1 2TE.
- National Care Advisory Service Email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 020 7336 4824
- Care Leavers Association Tel: 0161 637 5040. Email: email@example.com
- Children’s’ Commissioner – Care Leaver Rights