A Coulson, Leaving Care (Pathways) Team Manager and C Coxon, Personal Adviser, were in attendance at the meeting to provide the Board with information regarding the Local Offer for Middlesbrough Care Leavers.
A copy of the E-Brochure was circulated to Members prior to the meeting for information and was available on the Councils website.
Members were advised that the Children and Social Work Act 2017 required local authorities to publish information about the services it offered to care leavers to help them during the transition to adulthood and independent living.
Middlesbrough Council had developed the document 'Local Offer for Middlesbrough Care Leavers' which informed young people of their entitlements and signposted them to advice, support, and guidance, during the transition into adulthood and independence.
The Local Offer was created following consultation with Middlesbroughs care leavers and would be reviewed every six months to ensure all information was up to date and that the support offered was relevant to the needs of Middlesbroughs young people. The Local Offer could be accessed via the Councils website.
The Local Offer advised that to access the support, young people must have been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, including some point at their 16th or 17th birthday and also that young people were able to receive support from a Personal Adviser until the age of 25.
The Local Offer provided information in relation to:-
Education and Training
Health and Wellbeing
It was highlighted that, in relation to employment, James Cook University Hospital had agreed to help care leavers to access voluntary work within James Cook and other voluntary organisations. This was also the case for Middlesbrough Council with departments willing to offer volunteering opportunities to gain experience. Middlesbrough Council would also provide a guaranteed interview for their apprenticeships and jobs for care leavers who met the essential criteria.
The Board was informed that within the Pathways Leaving Care Team, there was a dedicated mental health worker from CAMHS and a LAC nurse so that young people could access support directly from the Pathways Team. The C-Card scheme was also available through Pathways which provided young people with contraception and advice in relation to sexual health.
The Local Offer document had been shared with the Children in Care Council (CiCC) and they would continue to be consulted each time the document was due to be updated. In addition the document had been circulated to support workers and partners to ensure awareness of care leavers entitlements.
The Chair commended those involved in producing the document and thanked the Officers for their presentation.
AGREED that the content of the Local Offer for Middlesbrough Care Leavers document be noted.