You might be excited, scared, confused, or worried about leaving care.

You may be worried about how you will support yourself financially or you may be feeling pressure to decide what you want to do with your life.

These are big decisions, but it’s important to remember that not everybody your age knows what they want to do.

We can help you become more independent and confident after leaving care and explore all the options that are available to you.

How can we help?

Our Care Leavers Advocacy service can support you when leaving care. We can help communicate your thoughts and wishes to the right people and refer you to services that can help you. These can include:

  • Finding somewhere to live
  • Learning how to manage money
  • Continuing with education, if you wish
  • Finding work or training, if you wish

You will be assigned your own Advocate, who will help you prepare for life after care.

What is an Advocate?

A Care Leavers Advocate is a specialist, independent person, who is there to make sure that you are listened to when leaving care, that your opinions and wishes are respected and that you receive the support you need.

An Advocate can:

  • Help you be more involved in important decisions about your life
  • Communicate your needs and wishes
  • Be a source of support
  • Make you aware of your rights
  • Challenge decisions that have been made on your behalf
  • Provide information on what options are available to you
  • Refer you to services that can help you find your feet (financial services, educational services etc.)
  • Work with you to get the outcome you want

An Independent Advocate will ensure that you have the support you deserve. We will ensure that you have the same opportunities as anyone else your age and that most importantly, you are happy and safe when leaving care.

Can I trust my Advocate?

Of course. An Advocate is only interested in you and what you want. They work independently from social services, your local authority and children’s services. The service is completely free.

They seek to ensure you get the outcome you want and deserve.

How do I get an Advocate?

If you would like an Advocate, you can download a referral form right here on this web page. Simply fill it in and email it back to us. You can also ask your social worker to do this on your behalf if you wish.

You can also call our Children and Young Person's Helpline on 0300 303 4170 for more information, or speak to us online now online via our Live Chat.

  • This service is only available in Rochdale.

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