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National Care Leavers Week

On the 14th of October we worked in partnership with West Ham Foundation, London Councils and John Lewis Partnership to host a joint meeting with businesses to explore how we can create an inspirational offer and pathway into work for care experienced young Londoners. This is part of the Pan London Compact for Care Leavers, and we want to make sure that London is the best place to grow up and that all care leavers are supported to achieve their ambitions. This is the beginning of a journey, we heard about the amazing work of the John Lewis Partnership and the range of ways they are developing so that care experienced young people are a priority for them moving forward, we also heard about all the work underway at the Covenant, where they have created partnerships with lots of business to review the totality of their assets to support young people, and we also heard from funders who want to support inclusive employment programmes.

We are keen to explore the next stages and are hoping to host a session for business leads to share practice, learning, and also create some new opportunities for care experienced young people, we have been offered venues and support from a range of business and we are really excited about this as a way forward. Making sure that young people have sustainable jobs and great opportunities is vital, so the skills and expertise of care experienced young people are effectively used across all businesses

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