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Care leavers in Jersey to get personal advisers

The States will also provide support for leavers, including access to health, education and housing. Credit: PA Images

A new support network is being created in Jersey for children who have been through the island's care system.

Personal advisers will be allocated with young people at the age of 14 to help guide them through the care system and into the wider community once they leave. Their role will be to offer guidance and support as they move towards becoming independent.

Care leavers would also have the option of remaining with their foster parents up to the age of 25.

The States will also provide support for leavers, including access to health, education and housing.

Announcing the policy, Jersey's Children's Minister Senator Sam Mézec said it was vital that the government fulfilled its role as a corporate parent.

We want to raise the aspirations of all our children and ensure they are supported to meet their potential.

We know that Jersey has had policy and legislation gaps for children in care, which are not acceptable for a Government and community that puts children first.

This offer is a tangible demonstration that we are delivering on our pledge to children and young people and our commitments as set out in the Government Plan.

– Senator Sam Mézec, Jersey's Children's Minister

The policy would be applicable to an estimated 90 young people in care, as well as another 100 who would fall into the category of 'care leaver' as they are aged between 18 and 25.

Full details of the offer will be made available in the coming weeks.

It comes as the government announces plans for its Intensive Fostering Network for children growing up in the foster care system.