The 14 – 25 Service
Young people who have been 'Looked After' for 13 weeks from the age of 14 and for at least a day following their 16th birthday are entitled to support to help them prepare for becoming an adult and developing their independence. The service also provides advice and assistance for ‘qualifying’ young people who haven't been 'Looked After' for the prescribed 13 weeks.
How are young people helped?
Young people are referred to the 14 - 25 service when they turn 14 and this team will support the young person whilst they remain looked after and into adulthood. The 14 - 25 services has social workers and personal advisors who are expert in working with young people preparing for adulthood and independence. Looked after children will continue to have regular visits from a social worker and as they approach 18 years old a personal adviser will also become involved. The personal advisor will support the young person after they turn 18 and will keep in regular contact including visiting a young person at least every 8 weeks. They can provide practical support and advice on a range of things including:
- Accommodation issues
- Benefits / budgeting
- Developing independence skills
- Staying on in education. finding employment or training
- Health services and resources
- Maintaining positive relationships
The support that is provided will be detailed in their pathway plan which will be reviewed at least every six months but can be reviewed earlier if there is a significant change in circumstances or the young person requests a review.
The Care Leavers' Charter outlines principles and promises for care leavers.
The Hub is a new way of providing support to young people aged 12 - 25 years who are within or on the edge of the care system.
It replaces the traditional council-run young people's home with The Hub, which combines residential care with fostering and offers a range of flexible and creative places for young people to live, with the aim of supporting young people to return to live with their families or to live independently.
The Hub has a dedicated multi-disciplinary team which ensures that young people's needs, no matter how diverse, are met.
Every young person in The Hub is given one link worker who, supported by the single team of trusted and skilled workers, will stick with them through thick and thin to access the right services at the right time and in the right place.
The approach that we are taking in Cambridgeshire has been developed in North Yorkshire where it is known as "The No Wrong Door". This approach has made a significant difference for young people and we are delighted to be able to adopt this model and dramatically improve outcomes for young people in Cambridgeshire.
For more information, please email [email protected].
14 - 25 Service
Scott House, 5 George Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3AD
Telephone: 01480 372 463