Alice Vickers, Corporate Parenting Officer
delivered a presentation on the outcomes of the consultation
undertaken as part of the Care Leaver Offer Review. It was reported
that the Care Leaver Offer had been developed in consultation with
the Care Leavers’ Forum and was comprised of the services and
facilities that the Local Authority and partners had made available
to Wolverhampton Care Leavers. It was noted that a printed booklet
had also been produced cataloguing these services to enable care
leavers to be aware of and easily access everything they were
entitled to as part of the offer. The offer had been launched last
year and a review was in progress.
It was noted that the Care Leaver Offer Review
consultation exercise was designed to obtain young people’s
opinions and experiences of the services provided as part of the
Local Care Offer. The presentation outlined statistics gathered to
date on how the Local Care Offer had been received. It was noted
that a full report had been scheduled for the next meeting of the
Corporate Parenting Board, however some highlights were
It was reported that there had been 609 hits
on the Care Leaver Offer website.
A mentoring scheme had been established,
supported by the Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton Council and the
Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. It was noted that
this was a universal provision which care leavers had been made
aware of however few had taken the offer up.
Young people had reported that they would like
more social events to meet up together. It was also requested that
specialist support groups, covering subjects such as domestic
violence or parenthood, could be established for them to share
their experiences with each other. These suggestions were currently
being explored. It was also noted that children and young people
wished to be notified as early as possible that these events were
It was noted that the Access to University and
preparation for university life was a good addition, however it was
suggested that guidance for life after university be covered as
It was reported that there had not been much
participation in the mock interviews, however it was thought that
this was because young people sometimes did not communicate that
they had an interview planned.
In response to a concern on how issues of low
confidence and self-esteem could be tackled, it was noted the
service had procured a team from the Ascend charity to work with
specialist vulnerable groups to address this.
It was suggested that free prescriptions or
eye tests for care leavers in work would be beneficial as money
could be tight when living independently.
It was noted that Care Leavers’ Week was
being held in the City from 24 – 31 October 2019 and the Care
Leaver Offer would be promoted during this to raise awareness.
It was reported that there were key workers in
local Job Centres who had received Total Respect training and were
equipped to support ...
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