Preparation for Independence
"F" was referred to LCS, and offered placement in a shared house, after a kinship placement broke down. Their mother had substance misuse issues and Their father and brother were in jail – with offences including armed robbery.
They'd been “passed from pillar to post” before LCS referral, and their turbulent upbringing meant they lacked basic skills, and was NEET.
We initially helped "F" re-engage with education – but they struggled with severe anxiety and insomnia. We arranged meetings with the college and advocated for "F" – helping them calmly and maturely explain their situation. It was mutually agreed A-levels weren’t appropriate for "F" at that time – and they needed something more practical and wanted to work. The day they left college they slept properly for the first time.
We supported "F" to find jobs they were interested in applying for, develop a CV and complete application forms. We helped them prepare for interviews by building their confidence, providing interview training, discussing appropriate clothing and planning travel routes. "F" gained a restaurant job (with training and a career pathway).
Other support "F" received from us includes:
- Daily support
- Budgeting help – they’d previously received benefit overpayment, and was paying back, reducing weekly income
- Cooking, cleaning, and household management – including developing chores lists
- Developing healthy routines with positive activities including baking/cooking, healthy eating
- Basic DIY
During furlough, "F" has been looking into apprenticeships, and we’re preparing for next-steps when they turn 18, including:
- Planning their new home – they've requested a temporary training flat with floating support before bidding for their own tenancy. We’ve liaised with the LA, who agree they're not quite ready to close support
- Planning their new home – including saving for basic DIY supplies – which they've learned how to use with us
- Arranging a JCP appointment for their 18th birthday (fast-tracked as a Looked After Child) to set up universal credit – and consider applying for an LA 6-week bridging payment (locally, usually a grant for care leavers) before universal credit starts
- Setting-up a Home Allowance Fund
If needed, we’ll also help "F" investigate charitable funds/organisations i.e. Buttle Trust for new home furnishings. However, these are contingency plans – we’re hoping furlough ends with re-employment.
More case studies
16-year-old "A"’s history included 22 placement breakdowns in the two years before referral to LCS. They frequently went missing, engaged in substance misuse and experienced sexual exploitation.
"B" was a 16-year-old nearing the end of a custodial sentence when referred to LCS. They had a history of abuse that resulted in racist behaviours and were involved in petty crimes, shoplifting and gang activity.
16-year-old "C" was referred to an LCS Shared House as “medium risk”. The referral identified risks including inappropriate sexual behaviour, frequent missing episodes and hygiene issues, including bedwetting.
Mental Health Support
"D" was 16 when referred to LCS, having been hospitalised for 3 years with mental health issues, anorexia and self-harm. They had no sense of self-worth and was at high risk of death by misadventure.
"T" was 16 when they were referred to an LCS Shared House. They’d been in 20+ placements over the last few years. They had low self-esteem, was self-conscious and struggled with depression and intense emotional outbursts.
Post Support Approach
"G" had autism, learning disabilities, and required 24/7 support, with sleep-in night workers. The planned outcome was for LCS to prepare him for a semi-supported adult placement.
"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.