What is the Care Leaver Covenant?

The Covenant is a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently.

In July 2016, the Government published ‘Keep on Caring’ to support young people from care to independence. A key policy commitment in the paper is a strategic pledge to introduce a Care Leaver Covenant.

All young people who leave care at 16, 17 or 18 are provided with statutory support1, in the form of a Local Offer2. This should include help in the transition to living independently; support with finding accommodation and with any costs of participating in education, training and employment.

However, in order to provide a greater level of support at this crucial stage during the transition of care leavers to adulthood, wider society also needs to play a part, which is where the Care Leaver Covenant comes in.

Case Studies

Highlights of best practice through England. Should you wish to feature your work here, please get in touch.

National Apprenticeship week

National Apprenticeship week

  The Care Leaver Covenant is a government funded project that partners with private, public and voluntary organisations to support care leavers aged 16-25 in their transition from care to independence.     Championing the successes of care experienced people within...

Criminal Justice System

Criminal Justice System

  The Care Leaver Covenant is a government funded project that partners with private, public and voluntary organisations to support care leavers aged 16-25 in their transition from care to independence.     Organisations that sign up to the Covenant make ‘offers’ of...

Sabrina & The Covenant

Sabrina & The Covenant

The Care Leaver Covenant is a government funded project that partners with private, public and voluntary organisations to support care leavers aged 16-25 in their transition from care to independence.Organisations that sign up to the Covenant make ‘offers’ of support...

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