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National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum

This national forum is a network of over 100 local authorities promoting the development of quality leaving care services with member authorities and partner organisations through a process of benchmarking and shared learning on a national scale, to enrich outcomes for our nations care leavers.


National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) members support each other to develop more compliant, efficient and cost-effective services through sharing and developing policies and best practice. The forum also informs policy development at a national level by utilising effective working relationships with key government agencies.

Peer learning and development events for managers

NLCBF membership includes a free place at three, two-day peer learning and development events per year for members who hold management positions. Key issues identified by members are discussed and addressed within an environment that fosters the exchange of experience and best practice. Held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds, sessions provide a valuable opportunity to network with others facing similar challenges.

Non-NLCBF members can attend one as a membership taster for £525+VAT. This fee will be deducted if membership is then taken up with 28 days.

Thematic practice development events

NLCBF membership covers the cost of one free place at each of at least 3 events focusing on practice issues highlighted by the membership. Extra places can be purchased subject to availability at £100+VAT per person and for non-NLCBF members £225+VAT per person.

Please contact  for further information, to find out about future events or to book a place.

Young People’s Benchmarking Forum

The Young People’s Benchmarking Forum (YPBMF) was formed in 2008 and involves young people 16-years-old and above from local authorities that are members of the NLCBF.

The YPBMF works alongside the NLCBF to complete an annual work plan with the aims of improving understanding of children in care, improving services and producing advice, information  resources and participation opportunities for other young people. The group prioritises issues highlighted in the NLCBF workplan and co-deliver all forum events with the NLCBF team.


Members can access the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum website.

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