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Being in care and leaving care

Being looked after

If you're under 18 and not living with your parents, Westminster City Council has a duty to help you.

This guide tells you about your rights when you are in care, including information on:

  • your care plan
  • your education
  • what you are entitled to

'Being looked after' guide

Leaving care

Once you turn 18, you are considered an adult but our Westminster Leaving Care Service will give you advice up to the age of 21.

The Leaving Care Team is located at 101 Orchardson Street, London, NW8 8EA and can be contacted on 020 7641 4142.

Our guide tells you about:

  • planning for education or training
  • planning to get a job
  • what you are entitled to

'Becoming a care leaver' guide

Council strategy

Read our Children and Young People's Plan 2019 to 2022 (PDF, 941KB) which sets out the strategic direction for how we will deliver our vision for children and young people up to the age of 19, and up to the age of 25 for care leavers and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Last Updated 04/05/2023

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