Care leavers

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1. When are you considered a Care Leaver?

You are considered a Care Leaver if you are aged 18-21 and:

  • you were in care on or before your 16th birthday and;
  • you were in care for at least 13 weeks before your 14th birthday and;
  • you were in care at some point whilst you were 16 or 17 years old

If you are a Care Leaver and need advice please contact Young Devon. They are a specialist advisory service for young people in Devon providing housing, benefit and training and education advice for all 16 and 17 year olds and Care Leavers.

If you are unsure if you are a care leaver, please visit the Coram Voice website and you can answer further questions to check if you may be a Care Leaver, former relevant child or qualifying child. If you are not a care leaver or a care leaver over the age of 21 you will still get help with your housing situation through your local housing options team.

You can also find lots of information and help through the Devon County Council's Stand Up Speak Up (SUSU) website including a Care Leavers Guide that you can download or print.