The time when you leave care depends on your care order. Once you reach 16 you can choose to stop your care order but you would need to take this through the courts. Once you turn 18 your care order will stop and you will be passed on to a key worker. Your key worker will be there for emergencies and support, and encourage you to whatever you would like to do next.
When you are near the time to leave care, you will need to plan your next steps to prepare you for independence. Your social worker or key worker will Inform you when this needs to be done and will talk to you about all your different options,
Is there support for me?
There are a lot of different organisations that are here to help - it's all about looking for the right ones to fit your needs. Your social worker or key worker will be the one to let you know where and what these organisations are, and what they can do.
It can be hard leaving care and if you need any support, your social worker and key worker will listen if you need someone to talk t. All you need to do is let them know and they will be there.