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BETTER HELP NEEDED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING COUNCIL CARE

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Local authorities must make their children's homes good enough for young people to want to stay in touch after they...
Local authorities must make their children's homes good enough for young people to want to stay in touch after they leave, Bob Lewis, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

The problem of young people going missing after they leave local authority care is a serious one, Today reported. Criticism of council care is expected to be raised in the government's white paper on social services, to be published later this month.

Local authorities must provide help to young people once they have left, Lewis said.

'Across the country there would be a very mixed picture', he said. 'The intention is quite clear, the important thing is to resource it appropriately... and to ensure the young people are aware of it'.

There was no point in having a help service if young people did not know about it, he said.
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