The government has published statutory guidance intended for councils and child welfare professionals, which outline new duties towards children in care, and care leavers. The changes have been made to correspond with the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
The duties are split into two categories:
“Promoting the education of looked after children and previously looked after children,” outlines local authority responsibilities when it comes to ensuring that looked after children have access to a proper education and are heard when they want to express their views and feelings on their educational needs.
“Extending Personal Adviser support to all care leavers to age 25,” extends care leaver support services from 21, to 25 for every care leaver. Previously care leavers who reached the age of 21 were only allowed access to personal adviser support up to the age of 25, if they were engaged in education or training.
The government has agreed to increase funding for the Personal Adviser extension to over £12 million by 2021, and has promised to provide £7 million a year until 2020 for the extension of the Virtual School Heads scheme.