Barnardo’s is calling for more to be done to help children in care move to adulthood. We believe care leavers in England need support for longer and are calling for the cut off age for support to be raised from 21 to 25 for all care leavers for the first time.It comes as the Queen’s Speech announces that the Children and Families Bill – which has no provision for care leavers at all – will continue into the next Parliament term.
A previously unpublished YouGov survey conducted on behalf of Barnardo’s found that:
Care leavers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, who are more likely to become homeless, be unemployed and spend time in prison:
Barnardo’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said:Each child has something unique to offer our society and deserves an equal start in adult life.
Children leaving care are often the most vulnerable young people in our society who need the most support. Unfortunately this support is often not available nor is it consistent across the country.
Paradoxically only care leavers who are in education, employment or training get support until they are 25. Those who aren’t – and who arguably need it the most - do not.
That is why we are calling for support for all care leavers to be raised to the same age.”
The call comes six months after the Department for Education and Barnardo’s vice president, fashion designer and care leaver himself Bruce Oldfield launched the Care Leavers Charter.
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