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.

Covenant Timeline

  • February 2018

    Devised engagement strategy

  • February 2018

    Secured first signatory

  • March 2018

    Engagement strategy and ‘Target 50’ roll-out

  • March 2018

    Appointment of advisory group Chair

  • May 2018

    Meeting with Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP

  • July 2018

    Andy Burnham announced as champion for Care Leaver Covenant

  • July 2018

    Care leaver youth engagement event (with Catch22)

  • July 2018

    Champion local authority consultation

  • July 2018

    Care Leaver Covenant and Big House performance at (L&W) conference, sit down with The Rt Hon Esther McVey

  • July 2018

    National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum

  • August 2018

    Recruitment of care leaver ambassadors to inform launch and participate in Advisory Board

  • August 2018

    ‘Target 50’ reached

  • October 2018

    CARE LEAVER COVENANT LAUNCHED

  • November 2018

    Covenant meet with Justin Tomlinson, The Big House to discuss universal credit and early intervention support from DWP

  • December 2018

    Covenant and Amazon shape comprehensive employment offer

  • January 2019

    Lemn Sissay become Covenant Champion

  • January 2019

    LifeSkills Barclays commence work on financial management resources

  • February 2019

    Compass Group to roll-out pre-employment programme in London and Birmingham from Spring 2019

  • February 2019

    Covenant create care leaver housing strategy working group

  • February 2019

    Minister Zahawi, Edward Argar and Terresa Clarke meet to discuss MOJ care leaver pilot

  • March 2019

    DWP National Employer Partnership team announce dedicated resource specifically for the Covenant

  • March 2019

    READY WHEN YOU ARE EVENT

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