Merton’s 16+ team have been awarded a From Care2Work quality mark by the National Care Advisory Service for demonstrating a commitment to excellence in supporting young people in transition from care.
The team is involved with extensive work undertaken with Looked After Children over the age of 16 and Care Leavers. They work with teenagers to raise aspirations in order for young people to achieve their full potential in education, employment and training.
The Merton 16+ Team have continued to maintain a high percentage of young people in education, employment and training and are also working with the Human Resources department to establish a care leavers apprenticeship scheme with the council.
After examining the evidence presented, the National Care Advisory Service noted several schemes, which have made the work so successful. Plans already in place include a buddy scheme, mentoring, Independence workshops, University taster days with graduate encouragement, intensive support and family group conferencing.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said, “We are committed to ensuring that all children from all backgrounds in Merton are encouraged and supported through their education into employment. Children who have left care often face greater difficulties, which is why it’s fantastic to see our service being recognised for our achievements.”