Care leavers and the benefits system

Many young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority are excluded from income-related benefits. Instead the local authority is responsible for supporting them. This course looks at the special benefit rules for care leavers and the local authority’s responsibilities towards these young people. We will also be covering developments in relation to ‘continuing care’.

The course covers:

  • The special benefit rules affecting 16 and 17-year-olds leaving care and in continuing care
  • Local authorities’ powers and responsibilities towards care leavers, including responsibilities under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
  • The impact of universal credit