Aftercare is a process of preparation and support for leaving care and moving to independent living for all those young people who are or have been in the care of the State.  It is the provision of advice, guidance and assistance with regard to social and emotional support, accommodation and vocational support. It is a through-care process, in consultation with the young person, beginning from reception into care and includes comprehensive assessments, care plans and reviews.
In the absence of a supportive family network, those leaving care experience more acutely the transition to independent living. An effective aftercare policy strengthens the position of a young person leaving care, supports their transition to independent living and reduces the likelihood of homelessness, and social exclusion on leaving care.
 There is no standard definition of aftercare.
 Youth Homelessness Strategy Monitoring Committee
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