Leaving care support

Leaving care support is provided by the 16+ team which is part of the Children, Young People and Families Department.

Further information

What is the 16+ team?

The 16+ team provides a dedicated personal advisor role for the looked after young people and care leavers in the city aged between 16 and 21. If you continue or return to education after your 21st birthday then this support could be available to you up until your 25th birthday.

The team works with young people who are entitled to support under the Children (Leaving Care) Act. The team will work closely with you, your social worker, your carers and other professionals to help ensure that you are ready and able to make a successful move into adulthood.

How can we help?

We will support and advocate on your behalf, this will include carrying out a six month pathway review meeting with you and other agencies including Connexions, Health, Housing, Education and other organisations who maybe supporting you.

What happens when you are referred to the 16+ team?

You will be allocated a personal advisor who will get in touch with you around your 16th birthday to explain their role. They will remain involved with you whilst you are in care and after you leave care. They will attend your pathway meetings along with other agencies, and will take on some tasks for you. Most importantly, they will communicate on your behalf.

Your personal advisor will take on responsibility to support you once your social worker officially ends their role with you. Your personal advisor will keep in touch with you, and visit you once every two months to ensure that you have all the support you require.

Our aim is to make sure you are provided with the right opportunities to develop your skills and your learning to make a successful move into independence.

For further detailed information please refer to the attachments below.

Need help with managing your money?

The Open University are offering you the opportunity to go on a free course which will help you gain the skills to manage your personal finances:

  • managing budgets
  • debts
  • investments
  • property purchase
  • pensions
  • insurance.

You can find out more and sign up to the course using the quick link at the top of this page.

Care leavers and council tax discount

If you are under 25 years of age, and have previously been looked after by us (Leicester City Council) and have received support from the 16+ team, you may qualify for a council tax discount. Find out how to claim on the following link:

Health for teens

Get information on a range of physical and emotional health topics, from healthy eating and body image to managing stress on the following link:

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0116 454 1004