Derby City Council aims to improve Care Leaver’s preparation for adulthood through the Local Area Coordination programme (LAC). The model has been applied to adult social care over the past five years and this new development is estimated to bring £770k funding to the city over two years. Derby will be the first authority to apply LAC to Care Leavers.

There are currently 148 Care Leavers aged 18-21 in need of support, and 92 Looked after children aged 16-18 years. Independence can be challenging for many of our Care Leavers. Building relationships, controlling personal finances and sustaining attendance in employment without parental support or guidance can be isolating.

As part of the programme, four Local Area Coordinators will be funded to add capacity in wards that have the highest levels of Care Leavers in temporary or hostel accommodation, including Alvaston, Arboretum, Derwent and Sinfin over a two year period.

The existing coordinators will widen their remit as part of the programme to include care leavers. Alongside the areas identified above this will include the Abbey, Boulton, Chaddesden, Darley, Mackworth and Normanton neighbourhoods.

The development will support Care Leavers to take more control of their situation by focusing on strengths, aspirations and contribution. Combining a range of traditionally separate roles with a focus on supporting them to  build relationships, networks and connections promoting sustainable local outcomes plus opportunities.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Safeguarding said:

“Local Area Coordination will offer a long term, integrated, evidence based approach to supporting our care leavers to build and pursue their personal vision for a good life. Furthermore we want them to contribute as citizens of Derby. This is a positive move towards supporting our young adults”

This new initiative will aim to build community capacity and resilience. Individuals and families will be able to access information, identify their personal strengths, goals and needs. Plus, and more importantly, they can plan for their future.