Children under SGOs are not entitled to leaving care support on the same terms as children who remain 'looked after' in the care system up to and/ or beyond 16years. They are currently entitled to some leaving care support, however, if they are 16 or over but under 21, under a Special Guardianship Order (SG0) or were when they turned 18 and were looked after in the care system as a child immediately before the SGO was made.
If your child is in this category:
- they will be entitled to ‘advice and assistance’ from Children’s Services, which may, be in cash;
- Children’s Services may also give them help with living expenses near where they work or are in education or training; if they are in higher education, they may also help them with securing vacation accommodation.
See our advice sheet about support for young people leaving the care system.
Hope this helps.
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