How we can support you and your health as a relevant care leaver.
Nursing team for relevant care leavers
You will have a dedicated nurse from the Children in Care nursing team. They will support you with your health until you are 18 years old.
Health passport for relevant care leavers
Before you turn 18 the nurse from the Children in Care team will email you your health passport.
Your health passport has a summary of your health information including:
- your health history since childhood
- any immunisations you've had
- any chronic illnesses
- any surgery or emergency admissions
- any other information relevant to your future health
Speak to your Personal Adviser if you think you have not received one.
Access to health services
Your social worker or Personal Adviser can help you:
- register with health services such as a GP (doctor), dentist and optician when you move house
- get support to attend hospital or doctor's appointments
- access specialist substance misuse services in Dorset
- find information and support to access local sexual health services such as a GP, pharmacies and sexual health clinics
Prescriptions for relevant care leavers
Prescriptions are free if you are 16 or 17 and you're in full-time education.
You have to pay for your prescriptions if you're not in full-time education. You may need to use your personal allowance to pay for your prescriptions. You may be able to complete an HC1 form to get help with these costs.
Mental health and wellbeing for relevant care leavers
We will pay for a year's membership of 'Ask Jan' from the Rees Foundation. Membership includes lots of benefits such as:
- a 24-hour counselling helpline
- free face-to-face counselling sessions
- access to the My Possible Self app which aims to help improve your wellbeing
- the national Max Card discount scheme
Your social worker or Personal Adviser can also:
- support you to move from children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult-based services, for example the community mental health team (CMHT)
- give you information about a variety of wellbeing services that are available locally
Health and relationships for relevant care leavers
Your Child in Care Nurse, social worker or Personal Adviser can offer you the support and advice on a range of health issues including:
mental health and wellbeing
how to keep yourself fit and well
Period products for relevant care leavers
We want to stop period poverty. We can give you free sanitary products if you need them.
Ask your Personal Adviser for more information. Or complete our form to get help with sanitary products for care leavers.
Maternity and parenting support for relevant care leavers
Getting ready to be a parent as a former relevant care leaver
To help you get ready for being a parent, your social worker or Personal Adviser will help you attend support groups and maybe buy you a book on preparing for a baby if you think this would help you. Your social worker or Personal Adviser can also give you up to £100 to help you buy comfortable clothes and bras if you're pregnant.
If you're working you'll get maternity pay from your employer when you take time off work to have your baby.
If you're not working you may be able to claim Universal Credit if you're a single person and you're more than 29 weeks pregnant.
We'd like to welcome your new baby into the world by visiting you, checking how you are and bringing along a gift.
If you're already a parent we will take an interest in your child/ren and support you to do the best for them. If you need help getting childcare we can tell you about the services that can help you do this.
Healthy Start vouchers
If you're pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you may be able to apply for Healthy Start vouchers. This means you could get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:
- cow's milk
- fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
- infant formula milk
- fresh, dried and tinned pulses
You could also get free Healthy Start vitamins.
If you're claiming Universal Credit talk to your job coach about:
- which benefits you may be able to claim
- how you can access a Sure Start maternity grant that will help you buy essential items for your baby
Talk with your social worker or Personal Adviser about how you can access a Sure Start maternity grant to help you buy essential items for your baby.
Help with dental check-ups and prescriptions during maternity
While you're pregnant and during the first year of your baby's life you do not have to pay for:
- dental check-ups
You must make sure your midwife or doctor completes and signs the maternity exemption certificate FW8 form to be eligible for these exemptions. Speak to your midwife or doctor to see if they can complete this certificate online.