Leaving care

Northamptonshire County Council wants every care leaver to reach their full potential: to be healthy, happy, safe and secure, valued and respected.

We will support you after you leave care up to the age of 21. We can also continue to support you after 21 if you are training or in education and provide you with support to get into education up to the age of 25.   

We have a responsibility and want to prepare you for life after you leave care and support you in early adulthood. This will start when you are nearly 16. Your social worker will arrange a meeting with you called a pathway planning meeting. The meeting will discuss your future and the support you will need to help you become independent. 

Leaving care guide

This handbook is designed to give you some practical information, tell you about the help and support you can expect and explain the different options available to you:

Financial support and services for care leavers

This booklet contains the financial help and support you should receive from us to help you live independently as a care leaver.

Where can I find more help?

Action for Children
Ask Normen - mental health support
Benefits - GOV.UK
Benefit entitlement guide
Can - Confidential drug and alcohol service
Child Line  - 24-hour confidential advice and support service
Children's Commissioner
Financial support for care leavers
The Lowdown - Counselling information and sexual health service
Pathway plan - find out more
Service Six - Counselling and sexual health service
Talk Out Loud Mental Health
Talk to Frank drug and alcohol service
Time2Talk - Information, counselling and sexual health service
Youth support in Kettering

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Please tell us if you are happy with the service you have received. If not, why not? We want to know what you think.

We want to use your views and suggestions so we can improve and develop our services.

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