27th May, 2021 9:30 am
A £51 million funding boost to help thousands of vulnerable young people in the care system, and proposals to improve the quality of their accommodation, have today (24 May 2021) been announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The support package unveiled by the government will fund a range of schemes to support those that are either in or leaving care, as well as proposals to introduce national standards that accommodation settings for 16- and 17-year-olds would have to meet.
These programmes include:
- £33 million continued investment in ‘Staying Put’, which helps looked after children stay with their foster carers after their 18th birthday if they wish to
- £3.6 million to extend the ‘Staying Close’ pilot which gives extra support for young people leaving residential care, and £12 million for councils to continue to provide personal advisors to support care leavers up to the age of 25
- £2.7 million to provide intensive support to care leavers at high risk of homelessness, as part of the government’s Rough Sleeping strategy
Also launched today is a consultation proposing national standards that all unregulated settings accommodating 16- and 17-year-old children in and leaving care would have to meet, to boost quality and ensure consistency of provision across the country.
It builds on the government’s confirmation that from September placing children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation will become illegal .
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