New council scheme to help people leaving care

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A NEW project has been launched to improve the lives of young people leaving care.

Portsmouth City Council has signed up to the national New Belongings project, run by the Care Leavers’ Foundation, to help vulnerable people leaving care.

Stephen Kitchman, head of children’s social care and safeguarding at the council, said: ‘Portsmouth has a strong commitment to improving outcomes for looked-after children and care leavers.

‘We know, however, that there is still more to do and in particular we want to do more for our care leavers.

‘We are delighted to be part of the project and to be one of nine authorities who will be leading the way.’

Small expert teams will work with the council to improve how they support care leavers who are at risk of unemployment, homelessness, mental health issues and drug or alcohol misuse.

The scheme is funded by the Department for Education and a workshop will be held at Portsmouth Guildhall on October 18.