The Real Toolkit

A Leaving Care Resource by

Welcome to The Real Toolkit, an online resource that offers actionable guidance to young people and the workforce.

The Real Toolkit For

Young People

Are you a young person transitioning out of care? Do you have care experience? The toolkit offers practical advice to help you navigate the transition and early adulthood in general.

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The Real Toolkit For

The Workforce

Do you work with young people with care experience? Here you can find advice on best practice through the lens of relationships.

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What is The Real Toolkit?

The Real Toolkit is a collection of guides for young people in care and the workforce that support them. REAL stands for Relationships, Empathy and Love which is both our vision for young people as well as the guiding principles throughout this resource. While the focus is on the transition out of care and the time comes after that, this resource can be used by anyone at any time.

Who is The Real Toolkit for?

The Real Toolkit is for young people in care, in the process of leaving care and those that have left care some time ago. You will find some advice on how to navigate the transition and the support available to you. The Real Toolkit is also for the Workforce – anyone that works with the young people mentioned above. This includes (but isn’t limited to) social workers, throughcare workers, housing officers, teachers, foster carers and many more. So, whether you work with young people with care experience regularly or just once in a while, whether you are their main source of support or just one of many supporting them – in this resource you will find advice on how to be and do the best for young people.

How can I become a member of The Real Advisory Group?

How great that you want to join the advisory group! The Real Advisory Group is leading the development of The Real Toolkit. We are a group of young people and members of the workforce. The meetings are facilitates by Staf. We meet regularly online for discussions and for social events. If you are interested in joining email

When will the full resource be launched?

The resource is being developed with the help of young people and the workforce, a process that ensures that every voice and every contribution counts. Our approach is relational, which allows us to be adaptable and flexible. Content will be added to the site in several steps – if you want to be notified subscribe to the newsletter and be the first to know!