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October 2016 - Publication of final evaluation of New Belongings Project
 
The final evaluation of the New Belongings project was pulished by Dfe on 25th October and is available on Dfe Website   New Belongings Evaluation Report or can be downloadedhere. The evaluation was undertaken on behalf of DfE by by Jo Dixon and Claire baker in association with York University

October 2016 - Minister spells out Care Leavers' Covenant
 
In an address to the second of three National Care Leavers' Conferences this year, held on Tuesday in Westminster, Children's Minister Edward Timpson spells out the Care Leavers' Covenant and announces the publication of the final Evaluation of the New Belongings Project. National Care Leavers' Week got off to a flying start on Monday with the the first National Care Leavers' conference run in partnership with the Concortium of Therapeutic Communities delivering vital messages on attachment and realtionships as a key part of understnading the impact of leaving care and the implications for policy makers and practitioners. Meanwhile in a second event at City Hall, the Peer Outreach Team in partenrship with the New Belongings project focussed on identity issues in an action packed intereactive day which has delelgates on their toes throughout the day. NCLW continues until 30th October.


August 2016 - Foundation announces Merger Talks
 
We are excited to announce that The Care Leavers Foundation and Rees Foundation are currently in advanced discussions with regard to merging the two charities to form one organisation which will continue to work tirelessly with, and on behalf of, care leavers.  Trustees of both charities have been developing links over the last eighteen months and considered carefully the opportunity that a merger could offer to those they seek to support. Formal talks began in July this year and Trustees of both charities are committed to seeing a greater benefit to people with care experience, better service provision, more support and more opportunities. We expect to be making a formal announcement in October and a fuller notice is attached.


July 2016 - New Belongings Final Dissemination and Publication of Guide 

On July 8th City Hall, London Bridge was the venue for an event attended by 150 people who came to share the learning from the New Belongings Project which ran from 2013 - 2106. Chaired by Richard Rollinson form The Care Leavers' Foundation and  Baroness Wheeler who is a member of the New Belongings Steering Group, the event brought together Local Authority officers, Charity representatives, and others working in policy development for Care Leavers.
Speaking about New Belongings Minister for Children, Edward Timpson MP has said: 

“All young people leaving care deserve the best possible support to enable them to reach their full potential. The New Belongings project, which emerged from conversations I had with a group of care leavers and ran over three years, puts care leavers at the heart of Local Authority activity to improve outcomes for them.  This event is an invaluable way of learning from the councils involved in the project, working hard to put the voices of care leavers right at the centre of their improvement plans.”

Working alongside 28 Local Authorities in England, New Belongings established a methodology led by Care Leavers for any Local Authority to shape their service delivery.  The Project Team consisted of 26 Care Leavers and eight Facilitators working across eight LA clusters who also shared information. The day included presentations by some of the LAs from the project on preparation for independence, health and well-being, engagement with your care leavers and raising aspirations in employment, education and training and Q and A sessions with some of those in leadership positions in LA teams from the project. The full Guide to New Belongings has now been published and further details are available on the New Belongings website.



OBITUARY - REGAN METCALFE
It was with great sadness we heard of the untimely death of Regan Ellie Rae Metcalfe in the early hours of Sunday morning. I first met Regan when she was thirteen and a half. Her too short life was characterised by energy, determination, spontaneity, generosity, love, wisdom, and a sharp wit. It seems apt that she will forever share her final anniversary with Mohammed Ali, who passed later that day. ‘Small and mighty’ as Regan styled herself, was always able to punch well above her weight and her personality and mighty presence was deeply ingrained in all who met her. Those who were privileged to know her know that life was not always easy for Regan, however she faced up to every challenge that life threw at her in her own indomitable way. She had a huge appetite for life and everything she did, she did to the max. After a few false starts Regan had found her professional self as a trainer and revolutionised the way those who attended her training understood self-harm. She has left a real legacy in her course materials and I know those who trained alongside her will want to keep this legacy alive. Regan was also a great advocate for others and campaigner for change. She was concerned about the mental health system and the care system and came up with numerous practical ideas for change. Regan joined with the New Belongings project in 2013, affording her the opportunity to use some of those ideas to really influence change in attitudes and practice in leaving care teams.
Regan was always a fighter, she was also a fun-lover, an attentive and proud Auntie, a thinker, a dog-lover, a singer, an athlete, a devoted partner to Anna, a warrior and a peacemaker a rebel, and a person who felt herself deeply rooted in tradition and who appreciated the basics and the good things in life; we talked a lot over the years about writing the story of her life, a project that sadly was always going to be started ‘next year’. The illness that eventually stole her life after she had fought back so many times was cruel and incomprehensible, nonetheless Regan leaves a legacy to all those whose lives she touched that will never die. She was a great inspiration and teacher to me over many years and she will be sadly missed. May her soul rest in Peace.                                                                                                                              JR


May 2015 - Ofsted say committment by staff is "Palpable and Passionate" as it poclaims Trafford services for care leavers 'Outstanding' 
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March 2015 - 21 new New Belongings Authoities welcomed into the fold to commence phase two of the New Belongings project, bringing total now involved to thrity  

January 2015 - 
The Care Leavers' Foundation welcomes a new report from the Centre for Social Justice 'Finding Their Feet' which shares many of the findings of the New Belongings reports and supports the Foundation's view that relevant support should be available equally and unconditionally to all care leavers up to the age of 25   


January 2015 - The Care Leavers' Foundation and the New Belongings Team anxiously await confirmation of a further grant from DfE to spread the New Belongings methodology to more Local Authorities in 2015 

October 2014 - National Care Leavers' Week is crammed with events across the country on the theme of New Belongings. In Manchester New Belongings Authorities together with those interested in outcomes from the project and gettign involved in the next steps share good practice, learning and enthusisam over two days. Children's Minister Edward Timpson announces his intention to ensure that the New Belongings project can continue   


October 2013

National Care Leavers' Week 2013 - The First Decade' got off to a great start with events across the country.  Children's Minister Edward Timpson addressed an audience in an event co-hosted by Barnardo's and SCIE which reviewed One Year On from the launch of the Charter for  Care Leavers at last years NCLW events. Timpson announced that 120 authorities had  now signed up to the Charter, which he described as a 'Bond of Trust' between local authorities and care leavers. At the NCLW conferenc Access All Areas officials from six Government Departments lined up to tell a packed auditorium what had been achieved since AAA was launched in April 2012 and the Minister announced publication of the first ever cross Govenrment Strategy for care leavers.  Downlad the
strategy document here or read more about NCLW events

September 2013

On 2 September 60 invited guests, including reperesntatives of the 9 participaitng local authorites, attended the formal launch of the New Belongings project at the Department for Education. Unable to attend on the day, Children's Minister Edward Timpson said in a letter of support to participants:

      "I would like to congratulate the care leavers who have been involved in every step of the concept, design and delivery lf  this initiative. I find it impressive that so many care leavers, who have had far less posiitve experiences of being in care and leaving care than we would have liked, end up not complaining about their own lot. Instead, they want to use their experiences and learning to improve things for future generartions of care leavers."


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July 2013

Our website has been having a bit of a facelift (as you can see!) and as we begin preparations for National Care Leavers' Week 2013 we have brought the NCLW website fully under our  main site to make it simpler for everyone to keep track of our various solo and partnership projects. 

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June 2013


In a week when the Chancellor George Osborne announced a further £350 million of savings from the welfare budget the Care Leavers’ Foundation has expressed concern that care leavers will find it even harder to get out of the cycle of low income and low expectations.

There is talk of additional support to help jobseekers with their jobsearch, however we know that under the current regime there is insufficient trained support and awareness in many job centres to enable vulnerable groups like care leavers to prepare for and find the jobs they so desperately want.
New funding regulations for Further Education from September 2013 will also make it harder for some care leavers to get places on FE courses, many of whom return late to education after a wobbly start finding their adult feet following accelerated and premature independence. 

In a letter to the Children’s Minister, the Foundation drew attention to a number of recent cases of care leavers who had come up against a brick wall in their attempts to gain qualifications or employment.


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May 2013

The New Belongings Project was announced in a speech made by Children's  Minister Edward Timpson at Community Care Live on 22nd May. Timpson announced a range of improvements in the lives of care leavers that have already taken place and further new measures:

A tripling in the number of councils giving care leavers at least £2,000 towards setting up their own home.
  • 30,000 Junior Independent Savings Account accounts have been opened.
  • More than 110 local authorities signed up to the Care Leavers Charter.
  • 16- and 17-year-olds to remain in care unless signed off by a Director of Children’s Services.
  • £80,000 will go to the Care Leavers Foundation and £200,000 to the National Care Advisory Service.


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Life After Care                                                                                                                     
The Care Leavers' Foundation with QA Research and Young People Now,
2008                              

Good Pracice Guide to Keeping in Touch                                                  

The Care Leavers' Foundation with VOICE, The Charterouse Group and NCERCC, 2008                 

Setting Up: A Place to Call Home                                                              

The Care Leavers' Foundation with Chidren and Young People Now, 2009    

A Bed or a Cooker? Choice for Care Leavers                                            
  
The Care Leavers' Foundation with Young People Now, 2008                   

Know Your Care Leaver A - Z                                                                  

The Care Leavers' Foundation for NCLW with The Children's Rights Offfice                                 

Access All Areas                                                                                       

Catch22-NCAS with The Care Leavers' Foundation, Prince's Trust and A National Voice, 2012                        

The Charter for Care Leavers
DfE with The Care Leavers' Foundation, 2012                                                                                  









 
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