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.

Timeline

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    February 2018

    Spectra First awarded the Care Leaver Covenant Contract
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    February 2018

    Devised engagement strategy
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    February 2018

    Secured first signatory
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    March 2018

    Engagement strategy and ‘Target 50’ roll-out
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    March 2018

    Appointment of advisory group Chair
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    May 2018

    Meeting with Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP
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    July 2018

    Andy Burnham announced as champion for Care Leaver Covenant
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    July 2018

    Care leaver youth engagement event (with Catch22)
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    July 2018

    Champion local authority consultation
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    July 2018

    Care Leaver Covenant and Big House performance at (L&W) conference, sit down with Rt Hon Esther McVey MP
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    July 2018

    National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (Catch 22)
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    August 2018

    Recruitment of care leaver ambassadors to inform launch and participate in Advisory Board
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    August 2018

    ‘Target 50’ reached
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    October 2018

    Launch

Case Studies

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

‘Life of Ryan’ a Spectra Original

This is a short animation which depicts the care journey of our first Care Leaver Covenant ambassador. Told through Ryan’s eyes, this narrative charts his route through care, detailing some of his difficulties – the ups and downs, but also what it means to have a...

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation: Independent Living Workshops

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, in partnership with Haringey Young Adults Service, is offering a series of ‘independent living workshops’ to prepare care leavers for life as tenants. Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Since 2006, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has...