Search
Leave Feedback

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.

Social Media / Embedded Media cookies

We would like to allow Twitter and Facebook cookies: this will allow the listing of Fife Council tweets and Facebook posts on some of our pages. See our Cookies page for more details. (If you change this setting, you may need to refresh the page to action your preference.)

We would like to allow embedded media cookies: we occasionally display Google maps and embed audio and video in our pages, e.g., using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. See our Cookies page for more details. (If you change this setting, you may need to refresh the page to action your preference.)

All Docs

Advice for Young People Leaving Care

Leaving care and becoming independent

If you are a young person leaving care and becoming independent there are a number of ways you can get support until you are 26 years old.

Some of the areas you can get support in are:

  • Accommodation
  • Financial Support
  • Looking after your health
  • Learning and work

You are entitled to support if you have been:

  • Looked after
  • Accommodated away from home for 13 weeks after your 14th birthday
  • Discharged from the looked after and/or hearing system after 16 years of age


How do I get support?

Your Children and Families social worker will put you in touch with a social worker from the Young People’s Team  who will help you plan how you will leave care and begin living independently.

Planning your future

Your worker in the Young People’s Team will be working with you well before you leave care. Together you will look at what you will need and talk about your future.  From your discussions, a plan will be created. This will include setting up times to review your plan to make sure you are getting all the support you need. The first review will happen 6 weeks after you leave care then every six months following this.

Accommodation

  • Continuing Care is where you stay in your current placement even after you have stopped being ‘looked after and accommodated’.
  • Supported Lodgings is a stepping stone from leaving care and to independent living. You will have your own room in the carer’s home and the carer will help you learn the skills you will need to live on your own such as cooking and budgeting.
  • Supported Accommodation Projects/Temporary Accommodation is offered by number of organisations across Fife.  Some of these projects have buildings where lots of people live and where there are always staff on duty to help out. Some projects have shared flats and single person flats. Fife Council can provide limited emergency accommodation in hostels if there are no spaces available.
  • Tenancies When the Housing Officer receives information from those supporting you that you are ready to manage a home of your own, you will be considered for a tenancy. Once you are offered a tenancy, this will then become your permanent home.  We can support you through the housing application process so you can understand what is expected of you.

Financial Support

When you become a Care Leaver we will discuss your financial support. You might be entitled to some of the following allowances:

  • If aged 16,17 a weekly maintenance allowance
  • Accommodation costs
  • Financial support towards education
  • Help with other costs e.g. clothing, travel and glasses etc
  • Other emergency payments
  • Furnishing and decorating a tenancy

Looking after your health

Your worker in the Young People's Team will help and support you to look after your health. They will help you to register with a doctor, dentist and optician. It is also important that you should feel you can talk about your emotional well-being and mental health, and know where you can get help. Your worker can also help you access local leisure facilities because your physical health and fitness is also important.

Learning and Work

Being in work, education or training is something that we strive to achieve for all young people. We will work with your teachers, careers advisers, youth services and college lecturers to support you. There are also team members who can help you get training and employment opportunities. Your allocated social worker will discuss this area with you and refer you for further supports if required.

Useful websites/Links

For further information and resources go to:


Useful Telephone Numbers

  • NHS 24 - 111
  • Police Scotland - 101 or 999
  • Emergency Housing - 0800 028 6231
  • Welfare Fund - 0300 555 0265
  • Who Cares? - 07712872096
  • Children’s Rights - 01592 265294

Legal responsibility

To look at the legal obligations and responsibility that Fife Council has towards children and young people who have been in care go to:

Your Views

We are very keen that you let us know what parts of the service work have worked for you and where improvement could be made.   If you are not happy with the service please speak to a member of the team and if you are still unhappy, you can speak to the team manager. If you need further support you might wish to contact the:

  • "Who Cares" worker (if accommodated in one of Fife’s Residential Homes)
  • Children's Rights Information Officer (if accommodated in any other Care Resource)


If you believe that your complaint has not been resolved, you can ask for your complaint to be heard through our complaints' procedure.