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Care Leavers Partnership

Project start date: May 2017

Southwark Council and Catch22 have been working in partnership since May 2017, with the aim of designing and testing new ways of working to support the borough’s care leavers. This project is known as the Care Leavers Partnership (CLP) and has been funded by the Innovation Fund until March 2020.

Project Summary


Local data, and feedback from staff and young people in Southwark, tells us that far too many care leavers are not in education, employment or training, have unmet health needs, are not prepared sufficiently for young adult life and live in unstable accommodation. A disproportionate number end up in custody. Existing ways of working can inhibit the development of the effective relationships needed to support young people into adulthood. The system is hindered by bureaucracy and compliance and is tied by traditional statutory roles. Services delivered are not always matched to care leaver’s expressed needs and the culture of aspiration and achievement could be heightened. However, with the right support, we believe that all care leavers can thrive.

Southwark Council and Catch22 are working in partnership to improve the service by:

Project contact details

Pamela Dow

Chief of Reform at Catch22

Alasdair Smith

Head of Children’s Services, Southwark

Project evaluators

Ipsos Mori

Project partners

Southwark Council

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