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Evaluation of the Staying Put: 18 Plus Family Placement Programme: Final report

The Staying Put: 18+ Family Placement Programme pilot (staying put) began in 11 local authorities in July 2008 and ended in March 2011. Staying put is targeted at young people who have ‘established familial relationships’ with their foster carers and offers this group the opportunity to remain with their carers until they reach the age of 21. The key objectives of the pilot are to:
• enable young people to build on and nurture their attachments to their foster carers, so that they can move to independence at their own pace and be supported to make the transition to adulthood in a more gradual way just like other young people who can rely on their own families for this support;
• provide the stability and support necessary for young people to achieve in education, training and employment; and
• give weight to young people’s views about the timing of moves to greater independence from their final care placement.