16 Plus (Leaving Care) Team

Information about the 16 Plus (Previously known as the Leaving Care) Team and their services for young people

What we do

We help people develop the skills to move towards independence. We are available to support you when you reach 15 years old.

Services are provided via Section 24 of the Children Act 1989 and The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000

Pathway Plans

The role of the 16+ worker is to support the young person to prepare for the transition to adulthood and independent living when the assessment identifies that the young person is ready. They will support young people to identify and maintain suitable and safe accommodation via social housing, semi independent housing projects and private landlords if this is deemed suitable.

Education, employment and training needs of the young person will be identified within the Needs Assessment and Pathway Plan Part 2. Once identified the young person will be supported by their 16+ social worker to realise their potential and achieve their aspirations.

The 16 + team works closely with the Future Routes group who meet once every 6 weeks. In addition there is the opportunity to become involved with other groups via the participation officers such as the Children in Care Council and creative writing group.

Northumberland Staying Put Scheme

Northumberland County Council's Staying Put Scheme enables young people to live with their foster carers until they reach their 21st birthday. The scheme helps the young person to continue in school, further education and training, while being supported in a family setting.  This is a crucial period for young people to make a successful transition into an independent adult life.

Further Information

Please download further information from the links below about the team.




Eligible Child

A 16 or 17 year old who is still in care and who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14.

Relevant Child

A 16 and 17 year old who, after 01 October 2001, has left care but was in care on or after their 16th birthday and had been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14. This includes young people who happened to be in the youth justice system or hospitalised on their 16th birthday

Former Relevant Child

An 18-21 year old who was an eligible or relevant child. This includes young people over the age of 21 who are in education or training for as long as agreed in their pathway plan.

Qualifying Child

A young person aged between 18 and 21 who has left care but was in care on or after their 16th birthday and had spent less than 13 weeks in care since the age of 14 or had left care before 01 October 2001. This includes young people under the age of 24 who are in education or training.