Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

Central Bedfordshire Youth Support Team

The Leaving Care Team works closely with the Youth Support Team and the Virtual School to support your education.

The Youth Support Team are “A team of experienced career professionals with diverse and complimentary skills, committed to improving the outcomes of young people who are looked after or who have left care by empowering and enabling them to overcome barriers to education, employment and training

All young people looked after by Central Bedfordshire Council will be allocated to this Personal Adviser (with support from Senior for those with SEND crossover) at 13 years old regardless of where they live.

What We Do for Looked After Children and Care Leavers -

  • Use person centred approaches in everything we do
  • Provide impartial and confidential information, advice and guidance to enable young people to make informed decisions about their future
  • Use our knowledge and experience of the education system, local provision,  labour market information and additional learning support mechanisms to raise aspirations and support young peoples engagement in education, employment and training
  • Help young people plan how they can reach their aspirations for adulthood.
  • Complete Preparing for Adulthood Plans to support transitions
  • Work in partnership with other professionals to ensure holistic support for young people.
  • Challenge negative perceptions of young people with complex needs and promote the creation of opportunities for them.
  • Attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings such as LAC reviews, PEPs and Annual Reviews

Wider Youth Support Service Team

The Youth Support Service (YSS) manages the co-ordination and delivery of a comprehensive ‘Youth Offer’ in Central Bedfordshire.   As part of this offer, the YSS commissions and directly provides intervention and support to young people aged 13-19 years (up to 25 in some circumstances).  This intervention and support aims to;

  •  Engage and support young people into Education, Employment and Training who are marginalised through their experience of a range of significant internal and external barriers to personal, social and economic progression.
  • Identification and tracking of young people’s progress to ensure the wider council are able to function according to statutory responsibilities in securing active participation in Education, Employment and Training
  • Promote the ‘Youth Voice’ initiatives that actively work to raise the profile, representation and support of all young people across Central Bedfordshire.
  • Engage the most disadvantaged you ng people in a range of informal learning opportunities through our targeted youth work provision
  • Working in close partnership with schools and providers to ensure they are actively engaged in the consideration of career pathways for young people in line with statutory raising the participation age requirements
  • Undertake post 16 provision reviews in order that the council commission and advise on appropriate provision

Central Bedfordshire Youth Support Team


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 The Mind of My Own App gives children and young people in Central Beds a voice and helps them to communicate and tell us how they feel about the support they are receiving and their wishes and feelings. Children and young people said they find speaking this way much easier. It can be translated into over 100 different languages.

The App is mainly used with children up to the age of 15. For more information please access the poster attached.Mind of My Own Information

Care Leaver AppThe Care Leaver App, which is free to download and includes information, advice and guidance for care leavers across a range of subjects including Benefits and Entitlements, Housing, Managing Money and Advocacy.

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  • The App can be used without the need for an internet connection
  • Content within the App can be translated into several languages.
  • A directory of local and national services and organisations that can offer further help and support
  • Listings of local events, activities and meetings.
  • Events are searchable by keyword and date.
  • A contact page for the leaving care team, including any emergency contact details, and much more
  • Find the App by searching “Central Bedfordshire CLA”.
  • The App is for Care Leavers that are aged15 and over.

For details and support for both Apps, please call 0300 300 4992 or email cicc@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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