What can I expect?

Thinking about life after care can be daunting so it's a good idea to be prepared and to start planning for it sooner rather than later. These pages tell you about your rights and entitlments so you can think about the many options and opportunities available to you before you turn 18.

Bristol City Council will continue to support and work with you if you are in care on, or after, your 16th birthday. We will be in touch with you until you are at least 21 and we might be able to support you longer than this if you are disabled or in education. So the first thing to say is - "Don't worry!"

Becoming independent can be both exciting and overwhelming, and we want to make sure that you get as much support as possible to make sure that you get the best start to adult life. We will continue to stand up for your rights, and make sure that you have all the support you are entitled to. If the path you choose the first time doesn’t work out, we won’t give up and we will work with you to make another plan and support you into independent living.

When you turn 16 it is a good time to start thinking about your Pathway Plan and to have conversations with your social worker and carers about your future and what you would like to happen when you reach 18 .

We will:

  • make sure that you have a pathway plan, that we review together regularly
  • ensure that you receive the financial support you’re entitled to
  • provide you with a Personal Advisor when you become 18, who will advise and support you
  • make sure that you are living in accommodation that suits your needs

More information about the support you are entitled to is available in this Sorted and Supported leaflet