This chapter forms part of our Staying Put Guidance.
For most young people, family life does not impose a rigid timetable in respect of the realisation of independence; it is not a ‘one off’ event but is a cumulative process based on life experiences, learning and opportunities. As a consequence the support to a young person needs to be tailored to their individual needs and sensitive consideration should be given to helping the individual navigate their way through the processes for benefits, employment, tax and tenancy agreements.
Young people who are staying put are entitled to the full range of leaving care support services as determined under the provisions of the Children Act 1989, the Care Leavers (England) regulations 2010 and the care leavers’ guidance. The pathway plan is the key document in determining a young person’s individual need as they transition to adulthood, how the identified need will be addressed and by whom. This is the case whether the young person will be staying put or choosing other post-18 living arrangements. The young person will be required to work closely with their personal adviser and their former foster carer in building the skills, knowledge and experience they will need to transition into adulthood.
There is an expectation that young people who are staying put will be supported to continue to develop a range of life and social skills that will prepare them for future independence including:
- emotional resilience
- finance and budgeting
- managing a home
- applying for jobs
- continuing education.