Project information

Care Advice Line

Our free and confidential helpline, the Care Advice Line provides children in care and young care leavers with information and support about any aspect of life in and after care. Your donation will help us to be there for children and young people when they are worried, confused or feel alone.

Your donation will help keep this vital service running in 2018.

Charity information: Become

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  • Need

    Need

    Each year, more than 11,000 young people leave care. Some have only just reached their 16th birthday when they have to move from their foster or children’s home, and begin living all by themselves. Unlike most young people, many care leavers don’t have a network of family or close friends they can turn to if things go wrong. Young people leaving care often have lots of questions about their rights and what support they are entitled to, but finding this information can be difficult and confusing.

    Solution

    Our Care Advice Line provides specialist information and advice by phone and email to hundreds of care-experienced children and young people each year. We help young people navigate the complex and bureaucratic landscape of the care system, and answer questions on anything from their rights to contact with siblings, to financial support, independent living and access to education and employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide care-experienced young people with impartial advice and support about any aspect of care.

    Activities

    » Answering calls and emails from children in care and young care leavers.

    Success will be responding to all incoming calls and e-mails to our Care Advice Line during this period.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our Care Advice Line service will ensure that children in care and young care leavers have a confidential, independent source of support and advice when they desperately need someone to talk to. We monitor the number of calls we receive and we have a feedback form on our website inviting callers to complete a short survey about their experience using the service.

    Risk

    The number of calls the Care Advice Line receives is growing rapidly and every day more and more young people get in touch with Become, desperately needing our help. The risk is that in the future we may not be able to answer all the calls that we receive. This is why we need your support to ensure all calls to the Care Advice Line are answered, and to keep this vital service running.

    Reporting

    We will invite our supporters to sign up to our e-mail newsletter which contains updates on our all work including the Care Advice Line. We encourage our supporters to follow us on social media and our annual report (available to download on our website) includes a review of the service.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £48,000 Care Advice Line Cost of running the Care Advice Line for 12 months to support care-experienced young people
  • Background

    Location

    The Care Advice Line is a national service helping children in care and young care leavers across the country.

    Beneficiaries

    The Care Advice Line provides information and advice to any child or young person who is or has been in care.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Become, formerly called The Who Cares? Trust, has a 25-year track record of improving the outcomes of young people in care. Last year we engaged directly with 625 care-experienced young people from across the UK and thousands more indirectly through our magazines, publications, social media engagement and our website.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Advice Worker

    Our Advice Worker manages the Care Advice Line. She gives advice and information to young people about their rights and entitlements.