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If you are a young person leaving care and becoming independent there are a number of ways you can get support until you are 26 years old.
Some of the areas you can get support in are:
You are entitled to support if you have been:
Your Children and Families social worker will put you in touch with a social worker from the Young People’s Team who will help you plan how you will leave care and begin living independently.
Your worker in the Young People’s Team will be working with you well before you leave care. Together you will look at what you will need and talk about your future. From your discussions, a plan will be created. This will include setting up times to review your plan to make sure you are getting all the support you need. The first review will happen 6 weeks after you leave care then every six months following this.
When you become a Care Leaver we will discuss your financial support. You might be entitled to some of the following allowances:
Your worker in the Young People's Team will help and support you to look after your health. They will help you to register with a doctor, dentist and optician. It is also important that you should feel you can talk about your emotional well-being and mental health, and know where you can get help. Your worker can also help you access local leisure facilities because your physical health and fitness is also important.
Being in work, education or training is something that we strive to achieve for all young people. We will work with your teachers, careers advisers, youth services and college lecturers to support you. There are also team members who can help you get training and employment opportunities. Your allocated social worker will discuss this area with you and refer you for further supports if required.
For further information and resources go to:
To look at the legal obligations and responsibility that Fife Council has towards children and young people who have been in care go to:
We are very keen that you let us know what parts of the service work have worked for you and where improvement could be made. If you are not happy with the service please speak to a member of the team and if you are still unhappy, you can speak to the team manager. If you need further support you might wish to contact the:
If you believe that your complaint has not been resolved, you can ask for your complaint to be heard through our complaints' procedure.