A year after being appointed, the government’s national implementation adviser for care leavers has published his first annual report looking at the quality of support across England.
Mark Riddell, previously manager of leaving care services at Trafford Council, said that over the last 12 months he has visited more than 40 local authorities to offer advice on introducing the new duties brought in through the Children and Social Work Act. These duties include extending support to care leavers from a personal adviser until they are 25, rather than 21.
“It has been heartening to see how positively the sector is responding to the challenge. During those visits I have learned a huge amount and seen some excellent ways in which local authorities are improving their offer to care leavers, which I have pulled together in this report,” he said.
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