What does the care leavers service do?

What does the care leavers' service do?

The Surrey Care Leavers' Service (CLS) do lots of things for young people. The commitment from the CLS to you, as a care leaver is that we will:

  • listen to you and hear what your ambitions are for your future. We will advise and support you in how these can be achieved
  • offer you the chance to shape the service you access by becoming a member of the Care Council and the Care Leavers' Forum, giving us your views through surveys and focus groups
  • support your Personal Adviser to have a long-term professional relationship with you
  • support you in improving your physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • support you in feeling safe and secure in your accommodation
  • support you to access mental health support, this could be through CLS CAMHS workers within the county
  • support you to stay in touch with the people who are important to you and have your well-being at heart
  • work with other agencies to improve their understanding of your views, wishes and needs
  • work with the eleven housing districts and boroughs in Surrey to support you to find suitable accommodation and support you in keeping your accommodation
  • do everything we can to support you to access education, training and employment and work closely with the 16+ specialist in the Surrey Virtual School
  • keep in touch with you until you are 21, or 25 should you wish.

How we can support you?

The Care Leavers' Service (CLS) is currently divided in to six teams covering the following areas:

The Care Leavers' Service is currently divided into five teams:

  • North west: this team covers the boroughs of Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Woking
  • South west: this team covers the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley
  • North east: this team covers the boroughs of Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell and Spelthorne
  • South east: this team covers the boroughs of Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge and Mole Valley
  • Two asylum teams: these teams work across Surrey with young people 18+ who have claimed or are awaiting asylum decisions. One team is based in the South West and the other in the North East

Each team is made up of a Service Manager, Team Manager, Senior Practitioner and several Personal Advisers (PA) all working to ensure care leavers get all the support they need. You will normally be matched with the team closest to where you lived before entering care.

The work of the service is underpinned by the care leavers' service plan which is informed by the priorities of the Corporate Parenting Board and the Corporate Parenting Operational Group. Both groups work to promote the Corporate Parenting Principles within Surrey in the work we undertake with care leavers.

Your personal adviser (PA) can support and advise you with accessing housing, education, employment, training, health services, finances and can provide a shoulder to lean on, when needed. Your PA will play a vital role in supporting you.