Leaving Care in Stoke
Stoke City Council have launched a co-operative company to provide supported housing for care leavers as a part of pioneering attempts to improve outcomes.
It’s called the House Project Company and Children’s minister, Edward Timpson has said that it will be partly run by the young people it supports. The council decided to launch the scheme because “outcomes for care leavers are unacceptable”
Senior Practitioner, Alison Tasker who supports fostering families at Capstone Foster Care in Stoke said:
“Leaving care is a period of significant and change and potential vulnerability. It is a time when many of the support systems for young people are withdraw or cease. It is good to see that Stoke have taken a proactive stance in supporting care leavers and I would be interested in seeing how this project develops; especially in terms of promoting positive outcomes for young people. I would hope that there would be overall plans to support young people access and remain in good training, employment and educational opportunities, as well as receive support for any emotional and health needs. The involvement of young people in the planning of such services, I would hope, contribute to its success.”
At Capstone Foster Care we have additional support care leavers through the Capstone Care Leavers Trust and many of our young people remain in placement under “staying put” arrangements. Our carers start preparing young people for independence through budgeting skills, meal planning and preparation, home maintenance and promoting aspirations for the future.