Findings from a mapping exercise and face-to-face interviews with managers responsible for implementing Staying Put in each of the 11 pilot authorities.
The Staying Put pilot, which began in 11 local authorities in July 2008, is targeted at young people who have established relationships with foster carers and offers this group the opportunity to remain with their carers until they reach the age of 21.
The pilot aims to enable young people to build on and nurture their attachments to their foster carers, so that they can move to independence at their own pace and be supported to make the transition to adulthood in a more gradual way. It also aims to provide the stability and support necessary for young people to achieve in education, training and employment.
The interim report presents findings from a mapping exercise and face-to-face interviews conducted between December 2009 and April 2010 with managers responsible for implementing Staying Put in each of the 11 pilot authorities.
It explores how authorities are actually implementing Staying Put (and any changes compared to plans submitted to the former DCSF); and looks at the challenges and issues that they are facing in implementing Staying Put in practice.