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.

ENGIE: Leeds City Council Pilot

ENGIE: Leeds City Council Pilot

ENGIE contacted job centres, local schools & colleges in the Stockport area where we are working on Elisabeth Gardens to work collaboratively with Engie on a number of initiatives.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation: Independent Living Workshops

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 been the...

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