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Qualifying Children

1. Are you a Care Leaver? 2. Eligible Children 3. Relevant Children
4. Qualifying Children 5. Former Relevant 6. Homeless Young Person
7. Former UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child) 

4. Are you a Qualifying Child?

Qualifying Children are young people who:

  • Left care on or after their 16th birthday but were looked after for less than 13 weeks after their 14th birthday;
  • Have a special guardianship order or were on a special guardianship order when they reached 18 years old;
  • Were classed as a Looked after child before the order was created;
  • Were classed as a Relevant Child (lived back at home for six months or longer)


Children's Services MUST support you by:

  • Providing advice and support;
  • Providing or paying for your accommodation while you are on college or university holidays.  This is only available if you are a full time student away from home up to the age of 25;
  • Keeping in touch


Children's Services MIGHT support you by:

  • Giving you a grant that helps you pay for any costs linked to your education, training and work needs up to the age of 25;
  • Helping with some living costs if linked to your education and training, up to the age of 25;
  • Buying items you need if your welfare and education requires it;
  • Helping you find somewhere to live (only in exceptional circumstances) 

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