While the average age for most young people leaving home is 22, on their 18th birthday, ‘looked after children’ are no longer in care and must start to live independent of support. Care leavers who, by definition, lack the emotional, financial and practical support most young people rely on, face an uphill and lonely battle towards adulthood.
This is a precarious moment for care leavers. They are at high risk of becoming homeless and experiencing a range of other social problems. 30% of all homeless people grew up in care.
Our programmes start while participants are still in care, helping them to understand the realities of living alone and what’s needed to ensure a successful move.