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National Care Leavers' Week 2020

National Care Leavers’ Week 2020 will take place from 26 October – 1 November 2020 and we're looking forward to celebrating with you.

In October each year, we join in with National Care Leavers' Week celebrations across the country to highlight the successes of care-experienced young people and campaign for change to the care system. 

Young people who leave care face a number of challenges. Many experience a #CareCliff when they turn 18 - forced to move from where they're living into new accommodation, accompanied by a significant drop in support from the local authority. However, this experience isn't inevitable. The care system can help young people develop meaningful relationships which support them into early adulthood and beyond. We're determined to create a care system which works for care leavers, with care leavers. 

We'll be raising the profile of these issues on social media during the week - you can follow by keeping an eye on #NCLW2020.

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.