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When a child enters out-of-home care, it is likely that a court order placed an expiry date on that care, usually on a young person's 16th or 18th birthday. When a child turns 15, a case meeting will be held to develop a ‘leaving care plan’.

This plan will include ways in which the young person can be supported through after care services to deal with any issues that may arise after leaving care. This is designed to reduce the stress involved in leaving care and learning to live independently.

Read more about how a young person can start planning for their future and support they can get after leaving care.

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