Leaving Care – About
At Enhanced Care we provide support to young people who have been in social care and are now moving on to the next stage of their young adult life. As a result, we work closely with local authorities in the North East of England and across the UK, looking after children and young people aged 17 to 24.
Our main areas of focus are accommodation for children leaving care and support for children leaving care.
Having often experienced some family trauma or mental health issue, the transition from full-time care to independent living can be a daunting one and so support at this stage is crucial for such vulnerable individuals. There have been many studies that unfortunately prove that children leaving care have a much higher risk of developing depression, abusing drugs or becoming homeless.
Children in care often appear to grow up fast, especially when forced to due to their circumstances. Of course, they may act like an adult at the age of 17, but they still need support and guidance, the same as most of us do even when coming from a stable home environment.
The children or young people who come to us often have emotional, behavioural and mental difficulties caused by some form of trauma, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect.
They can for example:
- Have an eating disorder
- Display anger or aggressive behaviour
- Have ADHD
- Suffer depression
- Have attachment difficulties
- Exhibit learning difficulties
A “Pathway Plan” is formulated by the young person with their social worker when they are 16 years old. It is based on the needs of the young person. Consequently and crucially it includes their own views and preferences in order to begin the process of increased independence.
Alongside the pathway plan, the health care professionals in our childrens residential care homes devise a person-centred support plan with the young person in order to identify their support and outcome areas to enable them to live independently in their own accommodation.