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Fostering A New Approach Episode 3: The Exit Strategy for Care Leavers

7 May 2020

Leicestershire Cares’ latest care experienced podcast, Fostering a New Approach, explores what the ‘new normal’ will look like for care experienced young people after the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Main talking points:

  • Casey and Diana talk about the exit strategy which in their eyes, requires the online support that has developed over this time, to stay and for it to now work alongside the face to face interaction with support services.
  • Casey and Diana also call for a bigger push for the Promise to Care, as there will be a need for businesses to step up and strengthen and lead the new community that has blossomed during lockdown. Local governments will probably struggle with more cuts resulting in more care experienced young people missing out on vital support, and charities may need even more help in picking up the pieces and catching the vulnerable ones that fall through the net.
  • Online security will need to be strengthened, and vulnerable people will need help and support in learning how to stay safe online.
  • Video conferencing has worked, and now local authorities can and must utilise it to hear more CEYP voices.

Casey and Diana’s research for this episode

Rights group threatens DfE with legal action over relaxation of statutory duties

Charity blasts legislation relaxing duties to children in care under Covid-19 as ‘destroying safeguards’

Distribution of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the public health measures on young people's mental health in the United Kingdom (UK) as of March 2020

Get involved in the podcast

If you have a questions for Casey and Diana to discuss on their podcast, tweet them at @LeicsCares #CEYPPODCAST or email jacob@leicestershirecares.co.uk

For more information about our Voices project contact jacob@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Find out how we work with care experienced young people

For advice on dealing with isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown, visit our coronavirus page

Past Podcasts

Fostering A New Approach Episode 1: Care leavers in lockdown

Fostering A New Approach Episode 2: What makes a good support worker for care experienced young people