Care and Care Leavers

UPDATED: 16.05.2024
This section is for anyone who is currently in care, those who have left care, as well as family support.
In this section you will find support for:
- Care and Care Leavers
- Family Support

Care and Care Leavers


A service for children in care, helping to improve care for children and young people who are separated from their families and living in residential or foster care.
Care advice line: 0800 023 2033 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm)
Email: advice@becomecharity.org.uk

Catch 22

Supporting care leavers in the transition from care to independence.

Coram Voice 

Information for those who are about to, or already have, left care.
Information: 0808 800 5792 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 6pm, Saturday 10am- 4pm)
WhatsApp: 07758670369 (send a message free, for those 16 or over)
Email: help@coramvoice.org.uk
Text: 07758 670369 (text asking someone to call you back) 

Drive Forward Foundation  

Supporting young people in education, employment and training. 

National Independent Visitor Network 

If you’re living in care, find out how an Independent Visitor (IV) could make a difference to your life. Or, if you feel you could make a positive difference to a child or young person living in care, find out more on the website. 

National Youth Advocacy Service - NYAS

NYAS provide advice and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults. Advisors are available to discuss various concerns including parental divorce.
Helpline: 0808 808 1001 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm)
Email: help@nyas.net 

Rees Foundation

Support advice for care experienced individuals, of any age, about any concern big or small. 

The Book Trust 

Helping children who are looked after, previously looked after, on the edge of care and other vulnerable groups, with reading and numeracy.  Letterbox Club sends enrolled children quality books and materials from May to October. Enrolment is open now for 2024/2025. Enrolment can be carried out by local authorities, schools and nurseries. 

The Care Leavers Association 

Organised by those who have been in care, offering information and support across a range of concerns affecting people who have lived in care, such as accessing records.
Email: info@careleavers.com

Family Support

Coram Children's Legal Centre 

The Child Law Advice Service provide legal advice and information on areas of child, family and education law. 
Under the Child Law Advice Service online area are a range of factsheets and how to guides. 

Family Lives 

Offering support to anyone in a parenting role for any parenting problem.
Parentline: 0808 800 2222 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am-9pm, Weekends 10am-3pm)
Live chat: online Monday – Friday 1.30am – 9pm

Family Rights Group 

Offering legal advice to families whose children are involved with local authority children’s services.
Helpline: 0808 801 0366 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am -3.00pm) 

Government Information on Looked After Children 

Lifelong Links 

Lifelong Links is a Family Rights Group initiative aiming to ensure that a child in care has a positive support network around them to help them during their time in care and in adulthood.