New measures to support children in care and care leavers
Wakefield councillors are to consider introducing a refreshed package of measures to enhance the support the Council gives to children and young people in care and to those young people who are leaving the care system.
Members of the Cabinet meeting on February 12 are being asked to agree an updated Children in Care Strategy which sets out a detailed range of priorities for children – such as keeping them safe, providing stable placements and encouraging young people to develop good relationships and continue their education.
They will also be asked to approve a revised Local Offer for Care Leavers which makes further commitments on top of the current support that is offered to young people who cannot live with their families and are leaving care as they set out towards independence.
Additional support includes providing them with help with leisure and travel expenses, plus practical advice on setting up home and on home maintenance.
Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We will be discussing these new proposals which demonstrate our firm commitment to supporting children and young people and our ambitions for them.
"Our vision is for children and young people to tell us they are happy, healthy and safe and thriving in communities where families and services work together to help them achieve their potential and dreams.
"This includes ensuring children and young people will have access to good quality services to keep them healthy and to have opportunities to pursue and take part in hobbies or leisure interests."
There are currently 564 children in care in the District and a further 218 care leavers, over 18 years of age, receiving support and access to services.
The plans have been developed in consultation with children and young people and follow national guidelines.
The plans will be reviewed every year to ensure they remain relevant to the needs and wishes of our children and young people in care and leaving care.