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Leaving Care Training

This training intends to empower staff in residential children’s homes to ensure young people in their care are provided with the best transition to independence. This is a challenging time for all young people and the more we plan for life beyond care the better chance a young person has of reaching their potential.

the course

Learning outcomes:

Attendees on this course should have a greater knowledge of;

  • Inspiring Care Approach: Skills to inspire and support children in care, recognising their unique strengths and potential.
  • Timely Leaving Care Planning: When and how to initiate leaving care planning for a smooth transition.
  • Pathways and Expectations: A deeper understanding of diverse pathways for care leavers and managing expectations effectively.
  • Inclusive Support Network: Recognising the importance of involving family, friends and a wider social network in leaving care plans, with priorities of interdependence.
  • Pathway Plan Mastery: Skills to create comprehensive pathway plans tailored to individual needs.
  • Local Authority Support: An understanding of the ongoing support that care leavers can expect from the local authority.
  • Continued Education Guidance: Strategies to support care leavers in pursuing continued education.
  • Grants, Benefits, Housing: Navigating and guiding care leavers in accessing grants, benefits, and housing entitlements.

the trainers

Brian Smith has experience of over 37 years in social care to work with service providers to improve services to children. What drives Brian is a continued belief that we must do better in achieving positive outcomes for children in care and use the learning from all opportunities to improve the quality of life for these children.

Mary-Anne offers practical guidance, development, and support to professionals in Children’s Services, specialising in children in care, care leavers, and those with a social worker.  Mary-Anne’s practice combines lived experience and psychological insights, delivered through a therapeutic, trauma-informed lens. Providing exclusive insights into the challenges faced by the care-experienced community and meaningful strategies to equip professionals in supporting children and young people.


The course will be running in person at Chimmels, Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EQ 

If you’re unable to make this one but are interested, or have eight or more managers and wish to run the event at your venue, please contact us.

booking and dates

This one-day course is delivered in person at our training venue in Totnes for £160+VAT.

If you have booked five places the sixth place is free.

ICHA, NAFPSW Forum, and RI Network members receive a 25% discount – members price is £120+VAT

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