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Care - The Facts

What you need to know about the care system

Here you will find comprehensive information about the care system, how it works, what it is like to be a child in care or a young care leaver, and the common issues faced by care-experienced young people.

99,672: the number of children in care in the UK in 2018
Over a third of children come into the care system aged four or under
Three in four children in care live with foster carers
One in ten children in care have three or more care placements in a year
Around 11,000 young people leave care aged 16, 17 or 18 each year
Seven: the number of corporate parenting principles in the Children and Social Work Act
BEING IN CARE
BEING A CARE LEAVER
FAQS ABOUT CARE
ABOUT THE CARE SYSTEM
THE BIG ISSUES ABOUT CARE

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Care Factsheets - Free to Download!

Our advice and information team take calls from young people in care and care leavers on lots of different subjects. They often get asked about managing money, how the care system works and what young care leavers are entitled to. That’s why we’ve put together these FREE factsheets, available for you to download and keep. You can also find the factsheets translated into Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, and Albanian on the Care Factsheets page

 

ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

All about the money looks at financial support that’s available for care leavers aged 18 or over, including funds that you’re entitled to as well as sources of funding that you can apply for.

THE NAME GAME

The name game looks at all the different people who work in children’s services who you might meet if you’re in care or a care leaver. It explains what different people do and how they can help you.

PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS

Pathway to success looks at pathway plans, which are really important documents setting out what you want to do, what support you need and how your council will help you get it.

HELPING YOU REACH HIGHER

Helping you reach higher looks at what support you can access to help you succeed in higher education, including details on extra support at university.

HAVING A PLACE TO LIVE

NEW Factsheet! Having a place to live is a guide to the sort of places you may live while in care, and your housing options when you leave care.

GET TO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

NEW Factsheet! Get to know your rights is a guide to the care system and what rights you have when you're in care.

"The emotional support, financial support and encouragement from Become meant so much and helped me through. The most important thing was for me not to give up...your words of support and empowerment got me through."
-Care leaver upon completing her degree