Every young person between 16 and 25 years of age that is in care, or is a care leaver, has a pathway plan.

Your social worker will start your pathway plan when you turn 16. They will review this with your care plan twice a year.

When you turn 18 your personal advisor will manage this for you. They will be responsible for making sure it's up to date and includes your current needs. They need to make sure it helps you move into adulthood and independent living.

Pathway plan meetings

Your independent reviewing officer (IRO) will chair your first pathway plan meeting. This means they will run the meeting. During this meeting, your care plan and personal education plan will also be reviewed.

What's included in your pathway plan

Your pathway plan must include:

  • how you want to keep in touch with your personal advisor
  • how often you want to meet your personal advisor.

It needs to be clear about your goals and should include the following:

  • what actions to take to achieve them
  • who will take the actions
  • when they will take the actions.

Needs assessment

You must have a needs assessment when you are 16 and 21.

This is to find out what support you may need. Your pathway plan is to make sure your needs are met.

Your personal advisor should write the pathway plan with you and the other important people in your life.

It will include:

  • your needs
  • your views
  • your future goals
  • the support you'll get from us and other professionals, agencies and support networks in your life.

In Medway, our pathway plan is also the assessment of needs. This means every time we review your pathway plan we carry out a new assessment of needs.

Between the ages of 16 and 20, it will include your:

  • education and employment
  • finances
  • social needs
  • health
  • identity and relationships
  • housing.

If you request advice and support between the ages of 21 and 25 it will concentrate on the areas you feel you need support with.

Your views

Your pathway plan should meet your individual needs and capture your hopes for the future.

It will also include your views and key messages. You're encouraged to lead your review as much as possible - it is your pathway plan. 

Your pathway plan will be regularly reviewed with you at least every six months. The reviews will give you a chance to make sure your goals and milestones are still correct and you are meeting them.