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How carers can prepare young people for independence

Chloë Cockett, Policy and Research Manager at Become, recently authored an article looking at what carers can do to help prepare young people for independence.

"Young people leaving care are much more likely to be living independently at a far younger age than their peers. Not because they want to, but because they are forced to. Because they’ve not always got the support that allows them to stay in a familial home for as long they need, they’ve only got it for as long as it is legally obligated.

"Many young people who leave care at 16 or 17 end up feeling lonely and unprepared to live independently, and that’s where their carers come in.

"At Become, we work with children in care and young care leavers, but we recognise and respect the enormous amount of work that carers do for the children that they devote their lives to looking after."

You can read the rest of Chloë's article on the Huffington Post.