Wirral Pathway Team

Wirral Pathway Team works with young people aged 16 to 24 who are or who have been looked after by the local authority.

The main aim of the team is to work with young people to agree a needs assessment and Pathway Plan.

The needs assessment sets out the issues that need to be addressed before a young person is ready to leave care.

The Pathway Plan lists who does what to support a young person in preparation for leaving care and assists the young person to make a success of their life once they leave care.

The decision as to when a young person leaves care is crucial.

The values of Wirral Pathway Team reflect the philosophy of Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. This makes it clear that you should leave care when you and the Pathway Team believe that you are ready.

The Government wants children and young people who move on from care to do it in a planned and supported way, and the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 has improved the opportunities and support for young people as they leave care.

The law will usually apply to you if you were in care on your 16th birthday. You will get help whether you stay in care until you are 18 or leave before you are 18.