Somerset County Council

Leaving care


If you are between 16 and 21 and are, or were in the care of Somerset County Council on or after your 16th birthday, you are entitled to some sort of support, advice or guidance.

This support can continue until you are 25 depending on how long you were in care and on your personal circumstances. Leaving Care staff are there to help you get the right sort of help. There are Leaving Care teams based in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Shepton Mallet. 

There is information about the types of support available in the Information and resources section of this page, including

  • For young people in our care; ‘A Guide to Leaving Care in Somerset’

  • For others who may qualify for advice or help; ‘Do you qualify for Leaving Care advice and guidance?’

  • Somerset Leaving Care Finance Policy

Any young person who receives or wants a Leaving Care service from us is entitled to representation if they need it. They are also entitled to use our complaints procedures if they are unhappy with the outcome of their contact with the service.

Please phone our Children and Young People's Team on 0300 123 2224 and we can discuss your situation with you in more detail.


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (please select option 1)
Fax: 01823 321187

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

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