Statutory guidance for local authorities
- The Children & Social Work Act 2017 introduced a new duty on local authorities, to provide Personal Adviser (PA) support to all care leavers up to age 25, if they want this support.
- Under previous legislation, local authorities were required to only provide care leavers with support from a PA until they reach age 21, with that support continuing up to age 25 if a care leaver was engaged in education or training. However, this support was not available to care leavers aged over 21 who were not in education, training or employment.
- This guidance therefore provides information for local authorities to assist them in implementing the new duty, introduced through the Children & Social Work Act 2017.
- The duty commences from 1 April 2018.