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Pathway Planning


Pathway Plans will be prepared for all Eligible, Relevant and Former Relevant young people. From the age of 16 your Pathway Plan will replace your Care Plan. Your Pathway Plan is about your needs and what we all need to do to ensure your successful transition to adult life. Your pathway plan is written by the local authority in consultation with you and important people in your life. It sets out your needs, views and future goals, and identifies exactly what support you will receive from us. We will review your pathway plan with you regularly so that it is kept up-to-date. We will try to enable you to keep the same Personal Adviser, though this will not always be possible. The amount of support that you receive from your Personal Adviser will depend on what you want and your circumstances.

The Leaving Care Service will consider with you what extra support you may need. You might, for example,
need extra support because:
• You have special educational needs or a disability.
• You are an unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC) and your immigration status is unclear.
• You are in or leaving custody or you have had contact with the criminal justice system;
• You are a young parent; or
• You are going through a difficult time in your personal life

How will I be involved?

For your Pathway Plan to be effective it will be based on an up to date needs assessment and will set out
the support that you need to achieve your aspirations. We aim to fully involve you in the development of your Pathway Plan. You have a right to be involved in all decisions about your plans for leaving care. You also have the right to support from an independent advocate if you want to challenge any of the decisions about the support we give you (see Advocacy Services).

Who else will be involved?

With your agreement and where it is appropriate we will seek the views of your parents and carers, we
will also seek the views from our partner agencies which may include; Housing, Education, Training and
Employment providers, Job Centre, Health services, Youth Offending Services, Transition Support Service and others. Your Pathway Plan will seek to ensure that all agencies are working together to provide you with clear and consistent advice and support.

When will my Pathway Plan be completed and reviewed?

Your initial Pathway Plan will be completed before you are 16 years and 3months old. If you are already over 16 on entering care of the Local Authority then your Pathway Plan will be completed within 3 months of your accommodation start date. Your Pathway Plan will then be reviewed within every 6 months or within every 28 days of any significant change to your plan such as a change of address, significant health event or at your request. As an Eligible Care Leaver your Pathway Plan will be written and available at your Statutory Review which will continue to be chaired by your Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO). A Statutory Review must take place before making a decision to confirm that a young person is ready to leave care. If you are a Relevant Care Leaver your Pathway Plan review meeting will be held within every 6months or 28days of a significant change. Your Pathway plan review will be undertaken by your Personal Advisor who will consult with you and when in-line with your wishes other important people and professionals. If you are a Former Relevant Care Leaver your Pathway Plan will continue to be updated within every 6 months or 28 days of a change of address. Your Pathway plan review will be undertaken by your Personal Advisor who will consult with you and when in-line with your wishes other important people and professionals.


Contact Information
Contact by Post

The Leaving Care Service
Clarence Arcade
Stamford Street
Ashton-under-Lyne
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 3168


 
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