Local offer for care leavers

Useful links

There are a number of organisations that provide support and advice to care leavers.

Become

Become provides help, support and advice to children in care and young care leavers, so that they can take control of their lives and unleash their potential.

Telephone: 0800 023 2033

Become also run a free and friendly help and advice line

The Care Leavers’ Association

The Care Leavers’ Association provides advice and information about leaving care and your rights and entitlements.

Telephone: 0161 236 5665

Citizens advice bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau helps people to resolve their legal, money, and other problems by providing free, independent, and confidential advice and influencing policy makers. Some branches can provide legal advice on immigration and asylum cases.

Telephone: 0300 330 5457

Catch 22

Catch 22 works with young people who are in or leaving custody, involved in or on the fringes of crime, out of work, struggling at school, homeless or facing young parenthood without the safety net of a supportive family. Catch 22 offers practical support services which are flexible, highly personalised and often intensive.

Comments and complaints

We want to hear your views about our services, good or bad. What you tell us helps us improve services and plan for the future.

Leicestershire County Council complaints and comments

Community Legal Advice service

Community Legal Advice (CLA) is a free and confidential advice service in England and Wales paid for by legal aid. If you are living on a low income or benefits, you may be eligible for free specialist advice from legal advisers on issues including:

  • debt - if your home is at risk
  • housing - if you’re homeless or at risk of being evicted
  • domestic abuse
  • separating from an abusive partner, when you’re making arrangements for children or sorting out money and property
  • special education needs
  • discrimination

Telephone: 0345 345 4 345

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions provides information on finding jobs and accessing benefits.

Missing people

Missing People is a free phone confidential service for anyone who has run away from home or care, or been forced to leave home.

National Youth Advocacy Service

The National Youth Advocacy Service is a UK charity providing children's rights and socio-legal services. NYAS offers information, advocacy, legal representation and advice to children and young people up to the age of 25 through a network of advocates.

Telephone: 0808 808 1001

Ofsted

Ofsted is the national regulator that ensures local authorities are delivering the best possible outcomes for children in care and care leavers. You can view reports of how Leicestershire County Council performs when delivering services for looked after children and care leavers.

Samaritans

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

You don’t have to be suicidal.  

The have a free and confidential service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Howard League

The Howard League provides free, independent and confidential advice, assistance and representation on a wide range of issues to young people under 21 years old in custody.

Telephone: 0808 801 0308

The Rees Foundation

The Rees Foundation supports care leavers and care experienced individuals across the UK. They champion services, projects and interventions with and for care experienced people. They empower and inspire others to effect social change and improve support, policy, practice, interventions.