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 and 9 months old.
Services are provided via Section
24 of the Children Act 1989 and The Children (Leaving Care) Act
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
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+ and Connexions 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.
Please download further information
from the links below about the team.
LEAVING CARE STATUS
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
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
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.
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.