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Care leavers ‘Staying Put’ guide created by young people for their peers

Young people contributed to the project, hoping it will be essential reading for foster carers, social workers and personal advisers.

26 January 2015

The Young People’s Benchmarking Forum worked with staff from Catch22 and the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum to develop a Staying Put guide for care leavers.  This is the first guide that has been produced by young people for young people on this topic.

Download the Staying Put guide.

The young people who contributed to the project were keen for it to be made available to all care leavers over 16 who are in foster placements or Staying Put arrangements. They also hoped it would become essential reading for foster carers, social workers and personal advisers.

Advice and tips for care leavers

The guide combines the legal requirements for Staying Put with practical advice and suggestions from young people who have experience in Staying Put arrangements. There are also a series of top tips for young people and their carers.

The guide answers key questions including:

  • What is Staying Put?
  • Is Staying Put right for you and your carer?
  • How does Staying Put work?
  • What is the difference between Staying Put and foster care?
  • What are living together agreements?
  • Moving on from Staying Put arrangements.

Feedback about the Staying Put guide

Please email  with your feedback. Please also share this guide among your colleagues and contacts to use in their work with young people and carers.

Further training available

Catch22 NLCBF offers training and consultancy to local authorities and fostering agencies on Staying Put – including staff training and development of Staying Put policies. We also offer training on Pathway Planning and bespoke packages can be developed on a range of issues relating to leaving care. Please contact for further information on training.

Read more about the Young People’s Benchmarking Forum and National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum.