Accommodation & Support for Care Leavers
Leaving Care Solutions is a leading provider of semi-independent accommodation and support for young people leaving care.
With over twenty years' experience in providing support for care leavers and other disadvantaged teenagers, we have a demonstrable track record of providing high quality and flexible services for both care leavers and their commissioning local authority.
Our provisions include 24/7 staffed shared houses for multiple placements, including a female only unit, as well as a variety of standalone flats with floating support and bespoke placements. Our bespoke placements accommodate high risk, vulnerable and challenging young people with one to one support around the clock.
Young people placed within our shared houses are provided with a minimum of 5 hours professional support to achieve independence, according to their assessed needs.Read More
Standalone placements are for young people who might have previously lived in a shared house or received bespoke 24/7 one to one support, but are now part of a stepped down approach.Read More
Individual Supported Living
We provide intensive 24/7 supported accommodation, which includes bespoke one to one support for particularly complex vulnerable young people.Read More
“RN has come such a long way in his time with you and I think that is down to the approach and patience and flexibility demonstrated by all. RN has certainly been positive about his time with you and the support he has received and I think he now has the best chance he could have had as he transitions into life as an adult.”
- Social Worker
LCS knows that every young person is different. We don’t believe in ‘one size fits all’. We understand that we need to earn trust and respect by being reliable, safe and having caring staff who you can get to young people gradually. We won’t assume how they feel – it’s up to them to tell us when the time is right.
We have a demonstrable track record of providing high quality and flexible services for both care leavers and their commissioning Local Authority. Our services are built around the needs of the young person, and the objectives of their responsible authority
Sixteen-year-old "A"’s history included 22 placement breakdowns (from residential, foster and semi-independent accommodation) in the two years before referral to LCS. She frequently went missing, engaged in substance misuse and experienced sexual exploitation.
"B" was 16 and nearing the end of a custodial sentence when referred to LCS. His history included adoption at 2-years-old, following maternal abuse, gang involvement, including sustaining extreme personal injury requiring weeks in hospital, Petty crimes and shoplifting.
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16-year-old "C" was referred to an LCS Shared House placement with supporting keywork, as “medium risk”. Referral identified risks including inappropriate sexual behaviour, frequent missing episodes and hygiene issues, including bedwetting.
"D" was 16 when she was referred to LCS, having been hospitalised for 3 years with mental health issues, anorexia and self-harm. She had no sense of self-worth, inappropriate attachment to nurses and was at high risk of death by misadventure.
"T" was 16 when she was referred to an LCS Shared House. She’d been in 20+ placements over the last few years, all of which broke down. She had low self-esteem, was self-conscious and highly critical of herself, and struggled with depression and intense emotional outbursts.
Post Support Approach
"G" had autism, learning disabilities, and required 24/7 support. We knew it was unlikely he’d be able to live fully independently at 18 due to his multiple challenges so the planned outcome was to prepare him for a semi-supported adult placement.
Preparation for Independence
"F" was referred to LCS and offered a placement in a shared house after a kinship placement broke down. Her mother had substance misuse issues and her father and brother were in jail. Her turbulent upbringing meant she lacked basic skills, and was NEET.
"H" had highly complex needs, a history including self-harm and repeated suicide attempts, historic sexual abuse, extreme attachment issues, high-risk sexual behaviours and grooming. She’d previously been sectioned under the mental health act.
At LCS, we know it takes a huge range of people with an even bigger range of skills to help young people leaving care to develop the skills, confidence and contacts to live a happy, successful independent life. That's why we need you.