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Care leavers

Benefits of being part of the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum

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The National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum is working to stimulate and disseminate best practice on a national scale to enrich outcomes for our nation’s care leavers.


  • Attendance at 6 days specialist peer learning and development events for managers
  • Attendance at 3 days themed learning and development away days for practitioners
  • Annual PA Event and ‘PA of the Year’ awards,
  • Advice and support from leaving care policy and practice experts

“The sessions make you realise that you do make a difference in a person’s life who has nobody else and that this is celebrated.”

– Personal Adviser PA Event, December 2020

Young person’s voice

  • Opportunity for care leavers in member Local Authorities to join the Young Person’s Benchmarking Forum (YPBMF) and attend celebration events
  • LA Steering group and Young Person’s Benchmarking Forum shape direction of forum and content of events

“I love being a Champion and involved with YPBMF. It’s given me confidence and positive networks. Local authorities know my face and want to work with me!”

– YPBMF Champion


  • Resources developed by the forum, e.g. Local Offer Toolkit
  • Regular policy and practice updates
  • Exclusive member area of NLCBF website including contact details for other members
  • Access to extensive research and resources about leaving care
  • Members’ online peer enquiry and benchmarking service
  • Access to specialist training and consultancy services

“I hope that local authorities will use the National Leaving  Care Benchmarking Local Offer Toolkit as a way of benchmarking themselves  against what other local authorities are offering.”

– Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, 2nd Report

Networking and influence

  • Regular consultations with DfE, DWP, MHCLG and opportunities to influence developments at a national level
  • Close working relationship with Ofsted, HMPPS and leaving care organisations
  • Networking and peer support with professionals working in leaving care
  • ‘Participation Network’ and ‘Employment, Education, Training Network’

“Whole event was meaningful and inspirational. To be able to face-to-face network was invaluable.”

– Leaving Care Manager, November 2021