A Staying Put arrangement is where a Former Relevant child, after ceasing to be Looked After, remains in the former foster home where they were placed immediately before they ceased to be Looked After, beyond the age of 18. The young person’s first Looked After Review following his or her 16th birthday should consider whether a Staying Put arrangement should be an option.
It is the duty of the local authority:
- To monitor the Staying Put arrangement; and
- To provide advice, assistance and support to the Former Relevant child and the former foster parent with a view to maintaining the Staying Put arrangement (this must include financial support), until the child reaches the age of 21 (unless the local authority consider that the Staying Put arrangement is not consistent with the child’s welfare).
Staying Put - Arrangements for Care Leavers Aged 18 and Above to Stay on with their Former Foster Carers – Government Guidance issued by the DfE, DWP and HMRC (2013)