Project information

Care Advice Service

Our free and confidential Care Advice Service 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 2019.

Charity information: Become

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  • Need

    Need

    Each year, more than 11,000 young people leave care. 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 Service provides specialist information and advice to hundreds of care-experienced young people across the country 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

    » Deliver phone, face-to-face advice, factsheets, and outreach workshops providing guidance on rights and entitlements.

    What success will look like

    Success will be responding to requests for advice during this period.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our Care Advice 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 requests we receive and we have a feedback form on our website inviting those who have called our helpline to complete a short survey about their experience using the service.

    Risk

    The risk is that in the future we may not be able to answer all the requests for support that we receive. We need your support to ensure this vital service keeps 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 Service. 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 Service Cost of running the Care Advice Service for 12 months to support care-experienced young people
  • Background

    Location

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

    Beneficiaries

    The Care Advice Service 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 with 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.