Every year, around 10,000 young people in England aged 16-18 leave local authority care. Each of these young people face huge challenges and considerable vulnerabilities as they move into independence without the support of close family.
Young people in care have often had difficult lives and have to start living independently much earlier than their peers. Of children in care, 62% are there because of abuse or neglect. This can have a significant and lasting impact on their mental health and emotional well-being. In 2013 in the UK, 50% of all young people were still living with their parents at the age of 22; however, young people have to leave care by their 18th birthday and some move straight into independent living. Many care leavers feel they leave care too early.