Leaving care

For most people, an 18 birthday is a time for celebration and looking forward to new found independence although the average person will continue to live at home, supported by their family until around 27 years of age. 

For young people in care, turning 18 means facing independence of a different kind as they become entirely responsible for themselves, with support from the Leaving Care team gradually reducing until the age of 21.

Stepping out into the world isn’t easy, but with support from the community, it doesn’t have to be difficult – the resources below contain useful information about what it really means to be a care leaver, and how you can help to support them at a crucial period in their lives.

We provide a service to young people aged from 16 up to 25 leaving care in Peterborough. If you wish to speak with our Leaving Care Team please call 01733 864371.

We will help you to prepare for adult life and will offer you support until you reach your 21st birthday, or longer if you continue in education and:

Leaving care guide

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  • believe that you should be given the opportunity to develop your full potential and have high hopes for the future. We will encourage you to live a healthy life style and will treat you with respect and dignity
  • we will provide services, and work in partnership with other agencies, that will meet your individual needs and offer you choice, support, accommodation, access to benefits, enable educational achievement, find employment, help with CV’s and Job applications
  • we will support you throughout your journey to adulthood and enable you to make informed decisions for your future.