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Start Your Day With This Affirming Video From Scotland About Continuing Care

Start your day with this affirming video from Scotland about Continuing Care

Josh’s Story – Continuing Care and living in a Residential Home :: Celcis

So it is possible. The way it can be

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Your Right to Continuing Care :: Celcis

Scotland has the right to continuing care – that is staying with carers in foster care, kinship care or residential care – up to the age of 21, if it’s right.

Many young people ‘leave care’ at too young an age, often when they don’t feel really ready to take big steps into the world. We grow into independence. Most young people don’t leave home until they are in their mid-20’s. Continuing care is designed to give more time and space to develop the confidence and skills to manage independent life as a young adult when ready.

What is Continuing Care?

Young people who are ‘looked after away from home’ – living with foster carers, kinship carers or in residential care – on or after their 16th birthday have legal rights and entitlements to stay in the same place, (‘stay put’), with their same carers up until their 21st birthday.

Young people don’t have to apply for continuing care, or be assessed for this, or to sign an agreement. If they are happy and settled where they are, with people they trust and who care for them, and they want to stay, then the local authority has a legal duty to support that and make it happen.

Rights

  • to be cared for up until at least your 21st birthday
  • to remain with your carers in the same place if the young person chooses.
  • to continue to receive the support and care you need to develop confidence and life skills, and not be pressured or rushed into ‘leaving care’ or moving on to live more independently until you feel ready.

And when they do feel ready they have a right to ongoing aftercare support up until their 26th birthday if they need it.

Young people should be encouraged, enabled and empowered to stay with their  carers until they feel ready to live more independently

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