Care leavers

Website changes

We are planning to bring you a page of all the useful information you need as part of your next steps into adulthood.

If you would like to join our Leaving Care forum to help us pull this together, please email elizabeth.clarkson@blackburn.gov.uk

Accessing your care records

Any care leavers from Blackburn with Darwen can access their care records.

Request your care records

Some people may find accessing their records distressing and may find it beneficial to access support from either their personal assistant (PA) or through the Care Leavers Association website.

Before requesting access, you will need a MyBwD account. Watch a tutorial on how to create an account if you do not have one.

Agreed entitlements

The Core Local Offer to care leavers aims to clearly set out your entitlements and what you can expect from us.

Care leaver forum

Care Leaver Forum is a participation group for young people who are care experienced, and living in the Blackburn with Darwen area. It is run by the Leaving Care team and Young people’s Services.

This participation group is to have your voice heard, have the opportunity to influence decision-making and bring about change.

What we do:

  • attend and take part in Blackburn with Darwen Council's Corporate Parenting Board and raise issues that are important to children in care and care leavers, such as the council tax exemption
  • attend and train other young people on recruitment and selection and carry out interviews for new social workers, personal advisors, and other posts in children’s services
  • participate in a whole range of consultations and events including:
    • organising and attend Care Leaver Week activities
    • present training to social care teams and university students
    • sit on boards and attend meetings with Blackburn with Darwen Council

The forum currently meets weekly – with every third week a focus session this is across Blackburn with Darwen in both person or online.

Leaving care service update

A full service review has taken place in collaboration with young people from the leaving care forum and key partners / agencies. Following on from the review the Leaving Care Local Offer has been updated, the details of the core offer and the support for you as a care leaver are contained in this website.

You can check with the following information to see if you are a care leaver:

Eligible child

You will be an eligible child if:

  • you are aged between 16 and 17 years
  • you have been looked-after by Children’s Services for at least 13 weeks, since the age of 14 years (the period of 13 weeks does not need to be all in one go)
  • you are still being looked-after by Children’s Services

Relevant child

You will be a relevant child if:

  • you are aged between 16 and 17 years
  • you have been looked-after by Children’s Services for at least 13 weeks, since the age of 14 years (the period of 13 weeks does not need to be all in one go)
  • you have been looked-after for at least 1 day after your 16th birthday
  • you have now left the care of Children’s Services

Former relevant child

You will be a former relevant child if:

  • you are aged between 18 and 25 years
  • you have previously been either an eligible child or a relevant child or both

Qualifying care leaver

You will be a qualifying care leaver if:

  • you are aged between 16 and 25 years
  • you were looked-after by Children’s Services for a period of time between your 16th and 18th birthday
  • you were not looked-after by Children’s Services for at least 13 weeks, since the age of 14 years, or if you were, you were not looked-after for at least 1 day after your 16th birthday