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Personal adviser

A personal adviser is someone appointed by children’s services to provide continuing support and advice to a care leaver. This support can be provided up to age 25. It is to help the young person as they move into adulthood and independent living.

Children’s services have a duty under the Children Act 1989 to make sure that every care leaver has a personal adviser.

The personal adviser’s role is to:

  • Provide advice and support, including in relation to:
    • Education, training, employment.
      Housing.
    • Money and managing finances.
    • Personal development. This will include confidence building and decision-making.
    • Staying healthy, including how to access health services.
    • Taking part in community life and enjoying leisure, sporting or cultural activities.
  • Lead or take part in reviews of the pathway plan.
  • Work with children’s services to implement the care leaver’s pathway plan.
  • Coordinate support and the provision of services to the care leaver. Encourage them to make use of available services.
  • Stay informed about the care leaver’s progress and wellbeing.

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