South Gloucestershire Council
South Gloucestershire Council has not made care experience a protected characteristic.
Care Leaver Local Offer
South Gloucestershire Council has published a Local Offer for Care Leavers in accordance with Section 2 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017
The Local Offer is available:
on the web: Yes - view Local Offer here
as an app: Yes - Bridges SG
At South Gloucestershire Council care leavers co-produce the local offer.
Experienced Panel In Care who are the council for Care Leavers helped co-produce the offer as well as the wider care leaver population through use of our Care Leaver drop in and as well as targeted engagement in relation to parents and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.
The best person to contact regarding the Local Offer is:
Shanti Eaves (Head of Service)
The Director responsible for Children's Services is:
Ms Chris Sivers
South Gloucestershire Council has exempted care leavers from Council Tax
Council tax is exempted up to the age of: 25
South Gloucestershire Council does not include care leavers from other areas in their council tax exemption policy
To apply care leavers need to:
The PA will apply with young persons.
Care leavers receive priority for social housing
Priority is offered up to the age of: 25
Banding priority is: A
Additional information / how to qualify:
To qualify Care leavers must be ready for independent living with no rent arrears (current or previous) no ASB and their HomeChoice application be activated by their PA/SW on HomeChoice.
Care leavers get to practice independent living with taster flats
There are two training flats, from the age of 16 children in care are encouraged to stay in these flats for periods of 3 weeks. Sometimes young people stay for periods between their placement and training flat before moving into independent living. The length of stay and use of the training flat vary between young people dependent on need. If a young person would like to find out more about staying within the training flat they should contact their PA.
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist as a guarantor for care leavers in private rented property
We will act as a guarantor once
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with providing a deposit for care leavers in private rented property
We will support your move into
independence and cover up to 6 weeks.
rent in advance and deposit.
Setting up a home
Care leavers are provided with a setting up allowance
Allowance amount: £3000
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with support to pay at least the first year TV licence for care leavers
South Gloucestershire Council will not in principle assist with support to pay at least the first year home contents insurance for care leavers
South Gloucestershire Council will not in principle assist with support to pay for redecoration costs of a care leavers first flat
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with support with broadband costs for care leavers
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with support with mobile phone costs for care leavers
South Gloucestershire Council will not pay towards cooking equipment for care leavers
Employment and Apprenticeships
South Gloucestershire Council offers work experience within the council for care leavers
Number of places per year: We have a commitment to over 9 work placements per year within SGC plus there are additional opportunities with partners and suppliers. These will be advertised in our bridges app.
South Gloucestershire Council will pay for work/interview clothes
South Gloucestershire Council will pay towards travel to work or training
There are no ringfenced apprenticeship vacancies for care leavers at South Gloucestershire Council
There are no care leavers working as apprenticeships within South Gloucestershire Council
Additional information about work and training:
We ran a pilot Traineeship program for our Care Leavers in 2019. A Project planning group has been working on setting this up on an annual basis in the future.
Each Care Leaver has a personalised Education, Employment and/or Training Plan produced with their Personal Advisor, which is developed from their Pathway Plan. This is reviewed, updated and monitored on a monthly basis in collaboration with the Pathways Co-ordinator and Personal Advisor.
Care Leavers who aspire to go to University are supported by the Virtual School and Personal Advisor to locate the appropriate course, apply for it, attend Open days and the subsequent move on to University life and accommodation, via funding, personal support and partnership working with the Care Leaver leads in the appropriate University.
There is close partnership working between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Transition to Independence Team, ensuring that if Care Leavers do become unemployed, their benefit claims are submitted and processed as smoothly as possible and that Job Centre Work Coaches work alongside the Care Leaver and their Personal Advisor to offer the most suitable opportunities at that stage of their back to work journey.
We provide funding for any resources related to education, employment or training, e.g. laptops, Wi-Fi packages, mobile phone top ups, academic books, vocational equipment, vehicle insurance etc., each on an individual basis.
We work closely with and refer Care Leavers for one to one support to local organisations that specialise in education, employment or training. Their focus is not only on work and training, but also on well-being and addressing barriers to work or training which may not fall under the usual employment categories, such as mental health and forming routines and organisation of daily tasks
Participation in Society
South Gloucestershire Council will ensure each young person has ID documents when they leave care
Provisional Driving Licence: Yes
Birth Certificate: Yes
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with driving lessons
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with driving theory tests
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with driving tests
South Gloucestershire Council in principle will assist with CBT tests
Partners local to South Gloucestershire Council do not offer support with free travel for care leavers
Access to corporate parents
Care leavers have the opportunity to meet with their corporate parents (councillors)
Care leavers do not have the opportunity for mentoring with any of the senior leadership team
but we are in the process of setting up a scheme to take this forward that should start later this year, so watch out for this.
Children in care and care leavers council
South Gloucestershire Council has a children in care and care leavers council
Details of council:
There are two groups for children in care and Care Leavers to have their voice heard within the council outlined below.
Teen Care Council: This is a group for those aged 10-16 who are in care; the group is a consultation group, take part in small projects, meeting decision makers as well as interviews for new staff.
Experienced Panel in Care (EPIC): is for young people age 16-25 that are in Care or care leavers. This is a participation group involved in consultation, projects and working with senior
Children in care and care leavers council does not have its own bank account
Children in care and care leavers council does not have its own constitution
Health and Wellbeing
Care leavers get free access to leisure facilities as part of the Local Offer
Free gym membership: Yes
Free swimming: Yes
Free classes: Yes
Free leisure up to the age of: If you are age 18 – 21 years old – you can discuss accessing our Leaving Care Team Active Centre passes. If you are age 21 – 25 years old – you are entitled to purchase an annual pass under Active Centre’s concession offer Membership incudes Swim Gym
They cannot take a friend for free
Details to apply:
Speak to their PA.
South Gloucestershire Council pays towards Christmas and other religious celebrations for care leavers
Festival celebrations: (for example, Christmas or Eid) = £30 (one payment per year)
The Local Authority also provide a Christmas Lunch and stocking for those young people who require it on Christmas day, this is paid for through fundraising from council staff. In non-covid times this is an in person event attended by 30-40 young people.
South Gloucestershire Council pays towards birthday celebrations for care leavers
Birthday money: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Birthday = £30
South Gloucestershire Council does not have peer mentors (other care leavers)
South Gloucestershire Council has other mentoring schemes
Our Participation Team support the Experienced Panel in Care (EPIC) – Who focus on listening to your experiences, challenging stigma, and improving things for other young people.
In South Glos we have our own
mentoring service called Breakthrough
Mentoring which you can access via
your Social Worker or Personal Advisor.
Reconstruct provide advocacy (and
mentoring) for care leavers in South
Glos. They can also support you if
you wish to submit formal feedback
(compliments, comments, and
complaints) contact details are in the
‘Useful contacts’ section.
Access to care files
Young people have to go through the complaints dept to access their care files
Young people who access their care files get emotional support before, during and after disclosure
If a young person is still within service it is encouraged that their worker or a trusted adult supports them in relation to accessing their files and provides emotional support.
If a young person has left the service a member of the team will support them with the disclosure and provide signposting to other services which may be able to support them
Facts and Figures
Number of looked after children since 2013
Number of care leavers by age, year ending 31st March 2021
Percentage of care leavers going onto NEET since 2013
South Gloucestershire Council is a Conservative controlled council
Publication date: 08 May 2019
Overall effectiveness: Requires Improvement
Experiences and progress of children in care: N/A
Experiences and progress of care leavers: Requires Improvement
Impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families: Requires Improvement
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