This week was National Care Leavers’ Week, which is about highlighting the needs of care leavers, and encouraging the agencies responsible for looking after them to work in a coordinated and effective way. The week is also about focusing the minds of politicians on the levels of support given to the vulnerable children and teenagers, and raising public awareness of the challenges they face entering adult life.
Our friends at the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP), have published a series of blogs this week on the subject including posts from care leavers, foster carers and care providers, including a paragraph from one of our carers in Wales on the ‘When I’m Ready Scheme’.
You can read them all here: http://www.nafp.co.uk/National-Care-Leavers-Week
“'When I’m ready' guidance is very vague from the Welsh Assembly, being a new scheme support and direction is very limited. The majority of young people are not ready for this transition emotionally or financially and seems a big strain both on the child and the carers. Remuneration is poor - carer/supported lodgings provider post 18 is £140 per week and the child is expected to pay £15 directly to the carers, budget their own money and cater for provision, i.e. lunches, clothes, toiletries etc. The child has been part of the family for so long and is such included on family holidays, outings, larger sums of money at Christmas/birthdays etc. with such low remuneration this put added pressure on the carer to provide comparable luxuries. This is one of the hardest experiences and decisions a carer will go through emotionally.”
You can follow the conversation on twitter too by following @theNAFP and #NCLW14