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£1 million to be spent on supporting children in care and young people leaving care in Jersey

The States of Jersey says that there are currently 90 young people in care and 100 care leavers between 18 and 25 years old who will benefit from the funding package. Credit: PA

One million pounds will be spent supporting children and young people in care in Jersey.

The States of Jersey says that there are currently 90 young people in care and 100 care leavers between 18 and 25 years old who will benefit from the funding package.

The Care Leavers' Offer and Support Entitlement for Looked After Children' is the first of its kind to be made available by the Government.

– States of Jersey

The Government will cover the costs of doctors and dental fees, further education, bus passes and driving lessons.

It will also pay for personal advisors to work with children and young people from age 14 up to 25. They will give guidance to young people in care as well as those leaving care on finance, employment, training, education, accommodation, health and wellbeing and relationships.

The total cost of the offer is estimated at £1.67million, of which £1 million is new, funded through the Government Plan and existing budgets in income support and education funding.

Corporate parenting and supporting care leavers are areas where it is accepted that Jersey has previously failed its looked-after children.

As a good corporate parent, we need to ensure that our children are enabled to flourish regardless of their start in life. As well as providing safe, stable and loving homes, this also means providing and supporting our children and young people to access high-quality education.

Further, it will ensure that a full range of health services and leisure activities are available to them, making sure that all items that a good parent would provide are fully funded.

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

– Senator Sam Mézec,Children and Housing Minister,

The offer has been developed using case study examples.

This has ensured that we have an offer that is both comprehensive and able to satisfy the corporate parenting test that asks: 'Would this be good enough for my child?'

– Mark Rogers, Director General for Children, Young People, Education and Skills,