We understand that leaving our care can be challenging; we provide a range of services to help our young people prepare for and reach independence at the right pace.
A 2012 After Care report by Ofsted’s Children’s Rights Director suggests that around half of young people who have left care believe they did so prematurely and poorly equipped to live independently.
SWAAY works hard to ensure those leaving our care are ready to take the step and are fully supported at each stage, whether they are moving on to independence or a further placement.
Through our aftercare, we aim to give our young people:
- Planned transition pathways shaped around their individual needs and skills
- The sense of hope and direction needed to carry them into successful adult lives
- Practical support in taking up further education and work placements that lead to economic independence
- Post-placement help and guidance through community-based interventions.
> Commitment and initiatives
We are committed to providing well-supported aftercare services to help each young person make a smooth and natural transition from care, however gradual the process.
We are there to help our leavers in many ways, from assisting them in developing the practical and emotional skills they need to offering visiting support and educating them on managing and reducing risk. Our dedication is evidenced by our Past Caring initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the need for continued, high quality services by those who have completed their SWAAY placement.
‘SWAAY is a life-changing experience helping young people to re-establish connections in their community for brighter and safer futures.’Former SWAAY resident