Looked after children and care leavers

Wide-ranging support during the transition from care to independence is provided to ensure care leavers have access to the same opportunities as young people who have not experienced the care system. Services are provided at this crucial time to prevent the long-term negative impact caused by a lack of suitable housing, employment or emotional support.

Care leavers services at Catch22 are designed around the crucial period of transition from the care system to independence.

Services aim to prevent or reduce the long-term negative impact of a traumatic transition, providing support with:

  • finding a suitable place to live
  • securing and sustaining constructive education, training or employment
  • establishing and maintaining supportive relationships

Without support, care leavers are at risk of homelessness, mental health problems, substance misuse and entering the criminal justice system.

National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum

Catch22 supports the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) and Young People’s Benchmarking Forum, which provide a benchmarking service to local authorities.

National Care Advisory Service

Catch22 provided the National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) for 10 years, offering advice and information on leaving care. The NCAS dedicated information hub closed on 31 March 2015 following the conclusion of funding.

To protect identities, images are not specific to the stories but are of others involved with Catch22.

Case study
Charlotte M

Charlotte, 22, is a care leaver who was referred to our substance misuse service in Merton after struggling with cannabis and alcohol use.

Read Charlotte M's story

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