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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We continue to be here to support care leavers and there will always be someone you can contact to offer advice, help and support on 03000 262 271. 

Relationships (care leavers)

Having strong and supportive relationships will be really important for you as you move to independent adult life.

As well as support from your Young Person's Advisor, we may be able to give you extra practical and emotional support such as:

  • providing you with a mentor/peer mentor
  • helping you to keep or regain contact with people special to you or who cared for you in the past, like former foster carers, independent visitors or social workers
  • support to reconnect with family if it is in your best interests

Get someone to speak for you

You might need someone to act on your behalf, known as an advocate. Advocates can support and listen to you if you feel your wishes and feelings are not being heard by your social worker, carers or anyone else involved in decisions about your care and welfare. They can go with you to meetings, if you want them to, and help you to tell people what you want, or speak for you if you don't want to. 

Your YPA can help you to get in touch with one.

The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) - young person's website has lots of information about advocacy support.

Contact us
Young People's Service
03000 262 289
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