Your rights as a care leaver

Your rights as a care leaver

As well as the right to all the help outlined in the pages in this section, you also have a number of other rights.

The right to plan your future and a pathway plan

We must listen to your views and work with you to make plans for your leaving care.

A pathway plan is a formal document which sets out a clear plan for your future.

It sets out your needs, views, and future ambitions and states exactly what support you will receive from others to achieve them.

The right to help with your relationships and gaining a place in society

Your PA can help you contact people special to you and those who cared for you in the past, like former foster carers.

They can also help you:

  • join the Electoral register and learn how to vote
  • get a place on the National Citizen Service if you are under 18 
  • get information on groups, clubs and schemes that will help you make the most of your talents

The right to support with your identity

We, the leaving care team, can:

  • give you advice on how to access your records and case file and help you apply for a birth certificate or passports
  • refer you to organisations or solicitors who can help with immigration issues
  • link you up with organisations that will support your faith, ethnicity, culture, gender or sexuality

The right to complain about the support you are getting

You can contact us about the support you get once you leave care or make a complaint about children's services.

Contact us

Your PA will put you in touch with us, the leaving care team, or you can contact us directly if you need extra support.