This short, practical, introductory level course will explain the duties that local authorities owe care-experienced young people when and after they leave care. It will be useful for advocacy workers, carers, support, and advice workers who work with care-experienced children and young people.

“Whilst the national average age for leaving home is now approximately 25 years old, the average age at which young people leave care in Scotland is 16-18 years old. It is unlikely that any young person will be able to consistently demonstrate their readiness to move on to independent accommodation at such an age.” [Hill, Duncalf & McGhee (CELCIS 2013) Still Caring: Leaving Care in Scotland]

To try to improve things, the law was changed in 2014 creating a duty on local authorities  to provide continuing care placements and after-care support to meet care experienced young adults needs as they make the transition from care.  The law has been in force for 7 years, but many care-experienced children and young people are still not provided with the continuing care and after-care support that they need at this vitally important stage in their lives, which can result in homelessness.  This course looks at safeguarding ‘care leaver’s rights’ to ensure that young people get the support they need and are entitled to.

What you can expect within the session:

  • Overview of Continuing Care and After Care
  • Observations from our Practice
  • Break Out Rooms and Q&A

About the trainers:

Julia Donnelly

Julia Donnelly is the Depute Principal Solicitor and a Partner at Clan Childlaw, one of the team responsible for overall management and development. She leads our Scottish Care Leavers Law Service. Julia has 20 years’ experience in practice as a social justice lawyer and is a Certified Specialist in trauma-informed practice. She acts for clients in a variety of matters, including child law, housing law and care leavers rights. Julia has managed several legal services and implemented a number of innovative legal projects. Julia has years of experience delivering training on housing and children’s rights.

Jenna Hall

Jenna joined Clan in 2017 via the Justice First Fellowship, a scheme set up to establish the next generation of social welfare lawyers. Jenna currently works as a Senior Solicitor representing Children and Young People at Children’s Hearings and Court Hearings. In addition, she works with vulnerable clients through our Scottish Care Leavers Law Service and our various housing projects. Jenna has a particular interest in the rights of young people leaving care and the impact of youth homelessness.

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If you have any questions about this training, please get in touch on [email protected]

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