Our Pledge for Care Leavers

Wokingham’s Pledge for Care Leavers

Our promise to you is to give you all the support you need to be the best you can be.

The National Charter for Care Leavers is designed to raise expectation, aspiration and understanding of what care leavers
need and what the government and local authorities should do to be good Corporate Parents. Wokingham’s Pledge for Care Leavers has used this Charter for the basis of their pledge.

We will support you to discover and to be who you are and honour your unique identity. We will help you develop your  own personal beliefs and values and accept your culture and heritage. We will celebrate your identity as an individual,  as a member of identity groups and as a valued member of your community. We will value and support important relationships, and help you manage changing relationships or come to terms with loss, trauma or other significant life  events. We will support you to express your identity positively to others.

We will value your strengths, gifts and talents and encourage your aspirations. We will hold a belief in your potential and a vision for your future even if you have lost sight of these yourself. We will help you push aside limiting barriers and encourage and support you to pursue your goals in whatever ways we can. We will believe in you, celebrate you and

affirm you.

We will take time to listen to you, respect, and strive to understand your point of view. We will place your needs, thoughts and feelings at the heart of all decisions about you, negotiate with you, and show how we have taken these into account. If we don’t agree with you we will fully explain why. We will provide easy access to complaint and appeals processes and

promote and encourage access to independent advocacy whenever you

need it.

We will give you information that you need at every point in your journey, from care to adulthood, presented in a way that you want including information on legal entitlements and the service you can expect to receive from us at different stages in the journey. We will keep information up to date and accurate. We will ensure you know where to get current information once you are no longer in regular touch with leaving care services. We will make clear to you what information about yourself and your time in care you are entitled to see. We will

support you to access this when you want it, to manage any feelings that you might have about the information, and to put on record any disagreement with factual content.

As well as information, advice, practical and financial help we will provide

emotional support. We will make sure you do not have to fight for support you are entitled to and we will fight for you if other agencies let you down. We will support you if you change your mind about what you want to do. We will continue to care about you even when we are no longer caring for you. We will make it our responsibility to understand your needs. If we can’t meet those needs we will try and help you find a service that can. We will help you learn from your mistakes; we will not judge you and we will be here for you no matter how many times you come back for support. We will provide any support set out in current Regulations and Guidance and will not unreasonably withhold advice when you are no longer legally entitled to this service.

We will work alongside you to prepare you for your move into independent living only when you are ready. We will help you think

about the choices available and to find accommodation that is right for you. We will do everything we can to ensure you are happy and feel safe when you move to independent living. We recognise that at different times you may need to take a step back and start over again. We will do

our best to support you until you are settled in your independent life; we will not judge you for your mistakes or refuse to advise you because you did not listen to us before. We will work pro-actively with other agencies to help you sustain your home.

We will do our best to help you break down barriers encountered when dealing with other agencies. We will work together with the services you need, including housing, benefits, colleges and universities, employment providers and health services to help you establish yourself as an independent individual. We will treat you with courtesy and humanity

whatever your age when you return to us for advice or support. We will help you to be the driver of your life and not the passenger. We will point you in a positive direction and journey alongside you at your pace. We will trust and respect you. We will not forget about you.