Statutory guidance

Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers

Volume 3: statutory guidance for local authorities on helping care leavers aged 16 and 17 prepare for adulthood.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • personal advisers
  • children’s services social workers
  • frontline managers who have particular responsibilities for care leavers and looked-after children
  • lead members in local authorities
  • directors of children’s services
  • managers of services for care leavers and looked-after children
  • commissioners of services for care leavers and looked-after children

This is volume 3 in a series of 5 related statutory guidance publications.

What legislation does this guidance relate to?

This guidance is issued as part of a suite:

Published 27 October 2010
Last updated 23 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated chapter 7 to include further information on suitable accommodation.

  2. Added updated version of the guidance document. It now includes a reference to siblings (page 22) and an additional paragraph on not moving a young person during the academic year after their 18th birthday (page 46).

  3. Updated 'The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations' document.

  4. Updated guidance added.

  5. First published.