young people who are looked after children

Young people who are looked after children

Young people who are fostered, live in care homes, semi-independent accommodation or are involved with local authority care teams can face additional barriers to taking part in NCS.

Finance should never be a barrier to accessing NCS.

A place on NCS costs just £50 and we have generous financial support available with no assessment – you can apply on the website and the process is quick and simple. Please contact us for further information.

We understand that there can be several professionals involved with a young person and their family. These can include the Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) and Virtual Schools. In order to make sure each young person is properly supported on NCS, we will seek advice and feedback from all relevant parties. The application form has space to give details about a young person’s care arrangements. Consent to take part in NCS must come from the young person’s legal guardian.

Your local Outreach Associate will have a direct number and email address and will have received training on supporting more vulnerable young people through the application process. Where possible, the Outreach Associates will arrange a visit with the young person to tell them about the programme, either through their Local Authority, at their school or over the phone. To find out the details of the local Outreach Associate please call 0203 510 5050.

We offer a wide range of support during NCS to ensure everyone is able to make the most of this opportunity. We assess every young person individually to find out what they need. This can include an extra team mentor to a 1 to 1 support worker. Support is planned in a way that does not identify the young person as being in care and protects their confidentiality. If you would like to find out more, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the local Outreach team.

Helen was under the guardianship of her grandmother due to previous conflict. Helen had contact with her parents but she found it challenging. She is an intelligent young woman but found making friends at college difficult…which meant she dropped out of college. At first, Helen was adamant that NCS was not something she could do, but with more gentle persuasion she took the first steps of signing up. I was anxious wondering how she would manage…but I had no need to. My first text to Helen was, “How is it going?” She replied “OMG I climbed ropes! I jumped off a trampeze! I got an award for encouraging others to push themselves! Tomorrow we are all doing this again. We sat up all night talking.

Helen’s social worker