There has recently been a release of the new children in care covenant, this is some additional support for young people in care and helping them progress into independence – for additional detail please see the information on this PDF link.
There is a request for businesses and people to pledge their support for young people who are leaving care. There is a range of requests being asked for you can pledge at a level that is right for you and your company. This ranges from the offer of access to concessionary sports, cultural or leisure activities, specific support with financial guidance, mentoring or work shadow or work experience placements.
With over 70,000 young people in care within England there is a need for a new approach required. Here is some of the known statistical data about this cohort of young people:
· In general about 38% of children in care have more than one placement during a year, while 11% had three or more placements
· 14% of children in care in 2016 achieved 5 or more GCSE, at grades A*-C compared to 58% of children not in care
· 40% of all care leavers of 19, 20 and 21 years of age, (in 2016) were not in employment, education or training compared to 14% of all 19, 20 and 21 year olds
· The percentage of children in care gaining entry to university is 7% and this figure has not been improved since 2006; compared to the university entry in 2016 of around 40% of their peer group
· 20% of young homeless people have been previously in care
· Children in care are four times more likely to have a mental health difficulty, which in many cases is attributed to isolation and loneliness.
If you feel that you can offer some support of young people then please do start the signup process.https://mycovenant.org.uk/signatories-sign-up/
The final offer of support will be made available to young people via the Covenant app. As the scheme has only been open a few weeks there is a generic south west offer at present but we hope that this will grow and we will be able to get a Bristol offer confirmed.
Please take the time to consider if you can through a small offer make a big difference to a young person.