LAC & Care Leavers Connexions service
We work intensively with Looked After Children and Care Leavers city wide to support young people form not being in education, employment or training (NEET) to finding a meaningful opportunity for them, this may be a training programme, apprenticeship, college or a job. This work often involves intensive support often in a multi-agency environment.
The support we offer can be in the form of; helping with applications forms, taking young people to interviews, practising interview techniques, looking at training providers to make an informed choice regarding where a young person would like to take their next steps.
We work closely with social workers and leaving care advisers who also support many of the young people we work with in order to offer young people a more joined up support package. To be able to offer as many options as possible to these young people we try and network with learning providers, agencies and voluntary organisations to offer an equal opportunity to Looked After Children and Care Leavers.
The LAC and looked after children team are based at the Cardigan Centre where you can contact us to make a referral or for an informal chat. The highlights over the last 12 months have included continuing to have a close relationship with care homes within Leeds by offering a drop in service and visiting regularly to see the young people staying with them to discuss college and training opportunities available to them post 16.
We have attended open days specifically for Looked After Children and Care Leavers organised by the agency Catch 22 to raise the profile of Care Leavers who may need support to enter the work place and gain employment. We have achieved our overall targets through dedication to these young people to support them in to education, employment and training.