Looking for help and advice? Contact our friendly Care Advice Line. Freephone 0800 023 2033 or for more info. Find out more

Care Advice Line

Are you in care or a care leaver, or supporting someone who is? Looking for help and advice? Contact our friendly advice line, open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm.

Freephone 0800 023 2033, email advice@becomecharity.org.uk or use the contact form below.

What can I talk about?

We’re here to answer your questions about your rights and entitlements, how the care system works and who’s who in the world of care. After all, it’s your life, and it’s your right to know exactly what’s going on in it! You can talk to us about things like:

  • Money worries
  • Your health and wellbeing
  • Your rights in care and leaving care
  • Housing issues
  • Getting the things you are entitled to
  • Your education and plans for the future
  • How the care system works
  • Contact with your siblings and family members
  • Finding national and local services that can help you

Contact Us





The following questions about your identity are optional. This information helps us to understand who’s contacting our service to ensure its accessible and inclusive.

 

Please be aware that the Care Advice Line is open from 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday. We aim to get back to you within one working day. By filling out this form you are consenting for the information shared to be stored in a secure database accessed by the Support and Engagement Team. Calls to the Care Advice Line are confidential, which means we will keep what you tell us private. The only time we would have to tell someone about the information shared is if we are worried that you or someone else is experiencing harm or at risk. If we have to tell someone, we will do our best to discuss this with you before we do so and will work with you to make sure you feel safe.

"I feel like a weight has been lifted. That’s the first time I’ve said all that and it feels good."
-Care Advice Line Caller

Our team take calls from children in care and young care leavers on lots of different subjects. They often get asked about managing money, how the care system works and what young people are entitled to. That’s why we’ve put together these useful factsheets, available for you to download by clicking the button below.

Frequently asked questions

We know that it might be hard to pick up the phone or email us. If you’re thinking about getting in touch, the answers to some of these questions might be helpful. If you can't see an answer, please contact the advice line on 0800 023 2033, or email us at advice@becomecharity.org.uk

If you call us, you’ll be put through to someone in our Support and Engagement Team. They have loads of experience supporting young people in care and care leavers and are really friendly – whether that’s over the phone or answering your questions by email. If they are unable to help you directly, they will try to put you in touch with someone who can.

It doesn’t cost you anything to ring our freephone number from a landline or a mobile.

Yes, of course we can. You can fill out the form on this page or send us your number by email and ask us to call you. If you call us but don’t get through, please leave a message and we will call you back within one working day.

Calls to the Care Advice Line are confidential, which means we will keep what you tell us private. The only time we would have to tell someone about your call is if we are worried that you or someone else is experiencing harm or at risk. If we have to tell someone about your call, we will do our best to discuss this with you before we do so and will work with you to make sure you feel safe.

The Care Advice Line is open from 10am - 5pm on weekdays. If we are unable to take your call for any reason, please leave a message with your name and number and we will do our best to get back to you within one working day.

If we can’t help with your enquiry, we will do all that we can to put you in touch with other sources of support.

If you are calling on behalf of a child or young person, then we are happy to take your call and offer whatever guidance or information we can – so please feel free to get in touch.

We're working with Family Rights Group to help young parents and parents-to-be, who are care-experienced and involved with children's services, to get the advice and support they need. Click here for more information.

The Family Rights Group is a specialist organisation which support families whose children are involved with, or require, local authority services. Their website (www.frg.org.uk) has lots of information and advice and they have a freephone helpline number, 0808 801 0366 (open Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.00pm).