Can you help to support care leavers in Sussex?

ABOUT US

What do we do and who do we help?

Beyond, a charity for care leavers, raises funds for one-off grants to help young people who have left care in Sussex to thrive.

Whether it’s for a suit for a job interview, a deposit on a flat or help to fund driving lessons, we aim to support young people who don’t have a ‘bank of mum and dad’ to call on.

We support care leavers in Sussex from the ages of 18 to 30 to support their independence and help them fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

STATISTICS

There are 51,000 children living in Sussex

Of these, 2,160 children are supported by social services

(4.2 per cent)

And 412 are in care
(0.8 per cent)

*From Brighton & Hove City Council’s children services annual report 2016/17

NATIONAL ANALYSIS SHOWS

  • 34% of care leavers were not in education, employment or training aged 19 compared
    to 15.5% of the general population *NSPCC/Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
  • In a 2017 survey of homeless people in Brighton and Hove, 22% had been in care *Galvanise Brighton and Hove
  • An estimated one-quarter of homeless people sleeping on the street have a background in care
    *Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
  • In 2013, 6.2% of children in care aged between 10 and 17 were convicted or given a final warning or reprimand, compared with 1.5% of all children.*Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)
  • There is no national data on the number of prisoners who have been in care, but one estimate puts
    the figure at around 1 in 4.*Comptroller and Auditor General (2014)

We want to change this by helping care leavers to find independence, discover their dreams and giving them the chance to succeed.

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