Birmingham's Careleavers' service provides advice, assistance and befriending services to young people aged 16 and over who are either leaving foster care or who already live independently.
We also provide advice on all aspects of aftercare to social workers, foster carers, residential workers and other colleagues.
The 16 Plus Careleavers service has three parts: Support, Accommodation and Consultation, Review and Monitoring (CRM).
There are three Support teams that are made up of aftercare advisers, social workers, assistant managers and team managers.
Our Social Workers and Aftercare Advisers work directly with young people and undertake a variety of specific tasks in partnership with workers and carers, as agreed in the young person's Pathway Plan. These tasks depend on the young person's individual needs and staff are very flexible with the level of support given to each young person. They are available on a duty basis to deal with referrals, interviews and general enquiries.
Social Workers and Aftercare Advisers also attend reviews and planning meetings to advise on 16 Plus Careleavers Service's procedures, services and resources.
Team Managers hold the budget for one-off grants.
We also advise in detail on:
- Finances (Grants, Benefits, Section 24)
- Specialist agencies in the community
- Employment/ Education and Training
We have close links with the Connexions service.
The Accommodation service is responsible for developing and maintaining good standards of accommodation for careleavers and is made up of:
- Supported Lodgings
- Extra Support Team
- Youth accommodation development project (YADP)
- Ferngate Project
The Team Manager for accommodation is also responsible for agreeing rents and providing rent guarantees.
Supported Lodgings Scheme
Supported Lodgings Officers provide Supported Board and Lodgings placements for young people over the age of 16 who are not yet ready for full independence. Supported Lodging consists of a young person 'lodging' in a family home where ongoing support is offered. The young person will usually have their own room, and share in the living arrangements of the household. Meals, laundry and other facilities are provided. The lodging providers are chosen for their commitment to support young people moving on to independence. This sort of placement would suit a young person who is not ready for their own place, and for whom a hostel or other shared accommodation would not be suitable.
Accommodation and Lodging Officers recruit, assess, train and support carers for Supported Lodgings as well as making placements and may often work directly with the young people living in these placements.
Youth Accommodation Development Project (YADP)
YADP is a joint venture managed by the Housing and Children Young People & Families Directorates. YADP promotes the Owners' Charter and The Voluntary Code of Practice to those who run hostel accommodation and to young people living there. The Owners' Charter is given to any organisation that reaches standards applied by Birmingham City Council. The Voluntary Code of Practice is awarded to hostels that are working towards the Owners' Charter and who have taken necessary steps to ensure that services for young people living in hostel accommodation are safe and of the highest standard. YADP staff inspect and assess hostels on a regular basis to promote safety. They also ensure that young people know their rights, are informed and supported and live in a place where everyone is treated fairly.
Extra Support Team
The Extra Support Team works with young careleavers to help them to move into their own permanent accommodation and provides ongoing support to those young people.
The service aims to support young people in developing skills that they may need to live independently.
For more information, or to make a referral, please contact one of the project workers on 0121 464 3152.
Ferngate is a Highgate based accommodation project run in partnership with Trident, a local Housing Association. Flats are provided for care leavers and support given by both 16+ Careleavers Service and housing support workers.
A four-week assessment period is spent in a training flat at the Project. Referrals are currently made directly to the scheme, which will provide further information. Ferngate is one project among a range of accommodation options for care leavers.
Consultation, Review and Monitoring (CRM)
CRM is responsible for providing consultation, ensuring reviews are undertaken and monitoring the quality of the 16 Plus Careleavers Service.
CRM has a network of young people who are prepared to be consulted about the services they receive; any young person who has left care can be involved. CRM ensures that young people are involved in recruitment and selection, training, workshops, service improvement and delivery, and production of leaflets and factsheets for other young people.
The 16 Plus Careleavers Service prides itself on being a young person-centred service and consult young people on all aspects of policy and practice developments. CRM is the most important factor in ensuring that young people remain at the heart of this process. The CRM officers support young people in all the tasks in which they become involved and young people may get paid for some of the work that they do.
CRM also has two peer education projects: HEARSEX, which provides peer education to looked after young people around issues of sex education and PI, which provides information about preparation for independence. Young people who become peer educators can work towards a BTEC qualification.
Contact the Careleavers Service:
|Telephone||0121 464 1229|
|Address||16+ Careleavers Service
Eve Brook House
15 Acorn Grove, Ladywood
Birmingham B1 2PL
|Online enquiry||Aftercare Enquiry Form|