About Us

Southwark’s Leaving Care service provides information, advice and support to Southwark residents who are leaving care.

Southwark’s Leaving Care service will be available to you for as long as you want, up until the age of 25.

Together we will create a pathway plan. This will state what areas we have agreed to work on together, what advice and support you will get and where it will come from.

You don’t need to be in education or training to be entitled to this support.

Our Vision

We want all our children and young people to be safe, happy and healthy and to enjoy life. We will give them the care and support they need to be resilient and well-prepared for adulthood and independence.

We will provide them with high-quality care, support and guidance to ensure they get the opportunities they deserve.

Our Values and principles

The following values guide how we plan, commission and deliver services to support children and young people:

  • Be the champions our young people deserve
  • Deliver high-quality care, support and accommodation services
  • Do our best to enable families to stay together
  • Keep children and young people safe at all times
  • Keep children and young people’s needs and wishes central to our work
  • Keep all children and young people in care and care leavers well informed about their rights and where to go for help
  • Empower children and young people to take control of their own lives and realise their full potential
  • Deliver proactive support that secures the best long-term outcomes for all children and young people
  • Ensure the views of children, young people and their families inform service improvement
  • Deliver, through action, our commitment to the Care Leavers Charter

Care Leavers Charter:

  • To respect and honour your identity
  • To believe in you
  • To listen to you
  • To inform you
  • To support you
  • To find you a home
  • To be your lifelong champion


Contact Us

Southwark’s Leaving Care Service 


020 7525 7077

Duty team:

020 7525 1769




Leaving Care Service
Children’s Services
7 Talfourd Place
SE15 5NW


Are you a local business?

We would love to hear from you. If you are able to offer discounts for care leavers, work experience, job shadowing or other practical ways to support care-experienced young people realise their best possible outcomes please get in touch at careleavers@southwark.gov.uk

Or find out more about how private, public or voluntary organisations can pledge their support, visit the national website for the Care Leavers Covenant here

If you spot an error on the site, please report it to careleavers@southwark.gov.uk

Disclaimer The council is not responsible for the contents, legality or reliability of any linked websites, we do not necessarily support their views, can not guarantee links will work all the time and have no control over the availability of linked pages.


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