Leaving Care

Information about support for young people leaving care
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If you have been in care, you will have been under a care order. This normally expires when you reach your 18th birthday. 

But support continues, and there are lots of services which can help you transition to living independently.

Crucial: Oxfordshire County Council Care Leavers Local Offer describes support available to children and young people who are leaving care.

Pathway Plan

Your pathway plan is written when you turn 16, with the help of your worker. If you aren't sure if you have a pathway plan you should talk with your worker.

Your plan should always include your views and wishes.

The best way to make sure this happens is to be actively involved in developing your pathway plan.

Find out more


Posted by Hayley
Posted ago
I am an adult over 25 and therefore do nit have a Social Worker or PA. I am a care leaver. I have accessed my documents from Social Services, but I am missing information about decisions that were made, I've been told these are on court documents and therefore the LA can not share these with me. I have contacted CAB, but they are unable to help. Can you point me in the right direction? Many Thanks,
Posted by Jeremy Day
Posted ago

Hello Hayley. I am happy to hear that you were able to get your records from Social Care. They do not have access to your court documents, so will not be able to provide them to you. You can apply for a transcript of a Family Court hearing if it was recorded, and you can also request information from any other organisations involved in your care. But this is not our area of expertise, as we are a website for young people, so you may also wish to contact the Care Leavers' association for more information. http://www.careleavers.com/

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