The government has published a new guide to ‘staying put’ foster care arrangements for young people.
In May last year, the Children and Families Act granted youngsters living in foster care across England and Wales the new right to ‘stay put’ – to remain with their foster families until the age of 21, provided they agree. Local authorities have a duty to provide financial support in such circumstances.
Staying Put: What does it mean for you? was written both for young people still in care and those who have since left, but will also be of value to professionals working within the care system.. It explains the law and young people’s entitlements, as well as the obligations of their local authority. It also features tips and useful information, some from other young people.