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Care Leavers Partnership

Southwark Council and Catch22 trialled new ways of working within the Leaving Care service to improve outcomes for care leavers.

Project Description

Local data and feedback from staff and young people in Southwark indicated that there could be better joint working across internal Council services and external providers, more opportunities for young people to get involved with the service, less bureaucracy, more education, employment and training opportunities for care leavers, and closer relationships between young people and staff. The ultimate aims were to create stable, consistent care leaver teams and continuity in relationships, a positive transition to independence for care leavers, and long-term improvements in outcomes such as health, housing, finances.

Southwark Council and Catch22 trialled new ways of working within the Leaving Care service to improve outcomes for care leavers. The project focused on co-designing the service with staff, partners and care leavers, increasing the use of social capital in the community and trialling a new staffing model.

Southwark Council and Catch22 have developed and tested many initiatives within the service, including:

Evaluation

Southwark Council and Catch22 have now completed their partnership project. The project has been mainstreamed into Southwark Council’s Leaving Care service.

Lead Organisation

Catch22 and London Borough of Southwark

Location

Southwark

Region

London

Contact

Alasdair Smith (Southwark)

Alasdair.smith@southwark.gov.uk

Amanda Chandler (Catch22)

Amanda.chandler@catch-22.org.uk

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Funding Information

Funding theme: Care/transitions

Total amount awarded

£1,774,000

Round 2 May 2017