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How long will I get support for? 22 to 24 year-olds

The amount of support you get as a care leaver depends on your age and your circumstances.  Support from your local authority should be provided until you are 21.

Support may continue beyond your 21st birthday if you are already in education or training. If you are not in education or training then leaving care support will finish at this time.

The law says that up, to your 25th birthday, if you've returned to education or training if you want to return, you can tell your council and ask for an assessment of your needs.

This could mean you get support from us for education or training. We should carry out your assessment within 3 months of you asking for support. You may then get further support while you are on your course, this can include getting:

  • a leaving care coach 
  • a pathway plan
  • assistance, if your education or training needs require it
  • financial assistance, depending on the course and money you already have

Find our more about education and training in Waltham Forest.

What does the legislation say?

The responsibilities that we have towards you are set out in the statutory guidance and regulations called Planning Transitions to Adulthood for Care Leavers.

A social worker or leaving care coach from the local authority can help you to understand these responsibilities and the support you can receive.

Further help

These organisations can give you advice about your rights as a care leaver:

Children's Commissioner

Get confidential advice and information about your situation and an answer any questions you have.

Visit the Children's Commissioner website.

Coram Voice

Support for young people to uphold their rights and receive support they are entitled to.

Visit the Coram Voice website.


Information and support about housing for care leavers.

Visit the Shelter website.

Rees Care Leavers Foundation

Support if you've been in foster care or residential care.

Visit the Rees Care Leavers Foundation website.

Become Charity

Working to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of children in care and young care leavers.

Visit the Become Charity website.

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