Young People's Zone
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A RELEVANT CHILD?
After the age of 16, the law gets a bit complicated because you are now a care leaver and different rules apply depending on your age and where you are living. The information below is for you if you:
- Are aged 16 or 17
- Left care on or after your 16th birthday
- Before that you had been in care for at least 13 weeks since your 14th birthday.
If this applies to you then the law says that you are a special category of care leaver known as “a relevant child”.
(To check to see if you are “a relevant child”, please see our ‘Are you a care leaver?’ page)