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National Care Leavers' Week 2021

Join us in celebrating National Care Leavers' Week from Monday 25 October – Sunday 31 October 2021.

Watch this space to find out what we have planned for National Care Leavers' Week 2021.

 

National Care Leavers' Week 2020 Recap

For National Care Leavers’ Week 2020 (#NCLW2020) Become launched a  campaign to raise awareness of the ‘care cliff’ – where upon turning 18, many young care leavers are forced to leave their placement and start to live independently before they feel ready.

For many care leavers, this can be incredibly abrupt and disruptive, falling at a time in their life when they need stability the most (last years at school, when they start university or a job).

Young care leavers that Become supports have described that time as a “cliff-edge” or “like being on death row, counting down the days” until they turn 18 and their placements are abruptly stopped.  

During the COVID-19 crisis, the government stepped in to protect young people from this upheaval, pledging that ‘no one has to leave care during this period. This was a lifeline to many youngsters.

We called on the government to provide clarity on how long this pledge will last, and better yet, to permanently remove the ‘care cliff’ with more funding and flexibility for local authorities to enable young people to transition to independence with the stability, security and support any 18-year-old needs.

A number of celebrities, including actresses Michelle Collins and Samantha Morton, author and broadcaster DJ Annie Mac, Baroness Floella BenjaminOlympic champions Fatima Whitbread and Jamie Baulch, and comedian and podcaster Deborah Frances-White took to social media throughout the week to show their support for the campaign by sharing their personal memories of turning 18

 

What does it mean to leave care?

In England and Wales, the leaving care age is 18, although young people can leave care from the age of 16. At 18, however, a young person is no longer looked after by the local authority. All statutory support from the local authority will end by age 25.

Hosting an event?

If you're hosting an event for care leavers during National Care Leavers week and you'd like us participate, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at engagement@becomecharity.org.uk.