The development of Continuing Care and the recognition of the need to support young people past 16-18 years old in what they view as their home is widely acknowledged and accepted as a positive shift in policy, however it will pose a number of questions:
- How will current provisions have to adapt to meet the needs of 16 – 21 year olds?
- How do we further develop life/independence skills?
- What are the financial implications?
- What impact will this have on the availability of placements?
Gladstone Child Care has, for many years, continued to offer care and support to the young people who have moved on from our care. We do so in a way that is caring and responsive to the individual and that is led by them. One of our young people had recently joined the Royal Navy, and asked that we come to her passing out parade.
Others have come back to use our internet facilities to apply for jobs, or requested we accompany them when looking round flats when renting their first home. These young people have told us that they have found this support to be invaluable as they transition and begin to negotiate the wider world.