Children & Young People Bill

Published: January 8, 2014

Scottish Government have just announced an amendment to the Children & Young People Bill to extend the age for looked after children to 21 .

 All forms of care extended to the age of 21 with further support up to 26.

 Hundreds of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people are to be given greater rights to continuing their care placement into early adulthood from next year, the Scottish Government has announced.

 From April 2015, teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will be entitled to remain looked after until the age of 21 under new provisions proposed for the Children and Young People Bill.

 This increased support, to be funded by £5 million a year up to 2020, is in addition to the Scottish Government’s recent commitment to provide support up to the age of 26-years-old for care leavers to help them move into independent living.

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