We have signed up to the Care Leaver Covenant, to provide support to young people with care experience.
The Care Leaver Covenant is a national inclusion programme, funded by the Department for Education, which supports care leavers aged 16-25 to live independently.
The Care Leavers’ Association defines a care leaver as any adult who has spent time in care.
Other organisations signed up to the Care Leaver Covenant include the NHS, John Lewis Partnership, Amazon, Sky and Tesco.
The Covenant’s aim is to provide additional support for those leaving care. The five key areas of focus are:
- Independent living
- Education, employment and training
- Safety and security
- Mental and physical health
As part of our commitment through the Covenant, we will provide additional advice and guidance to young care leavers to help them settle into the responsibilities associated with living independently.
One programme helping to provide this support is Hometruths House, which offers guidance to new residents aged 18-25 on how to manage their new tenancy, with the aim of reducing rent arrears and eviction rates.
Young people with care experience will receive £250 in energy or supermarket vouchers to help them find their feet.
To find out more about Homethruths House, please email HometruthsHouse@clarionhg.com.
Clare Miller, said: “A large proportion of young people sadly leave their care setting poorly prepared for independence and the Care Leaver Covenant is a vital way of helping them to find their way in the world.
“We’re proud to be part of the Covenant, and are committed to finding ways that we can support young people with care experience through our charitable foundation, Clarion Futures, and across the business.”
In addition, young people with care experience will be able to access tailored mentoring and employability support to help them improve their job prospects.
We will guarantee interviews for any applicants who have spent time living in the care system, where they meet the basic criteria.