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Discovering Your Potential

Discovering Your Potential provides flexible and intensive support for young care leavers, and is delivered by the Young Person's Consortium.


The Young Person’s Consortium consists of Barnardo’s, the Prince’s Trust and Action for Children.  The Consortium delivers the Discovering Your Potential employability programme which is specifically aimed at supporting young care leavers. The Scottish Government has been grant funding this successful programme for the last four years.

The Consortium collaborate to help disadvantaged young people access the full range of services and ultimately move into positive outcomes. The programme aims to improve the pathway outcomes to education training and employment for care experienced young people who are, or have been Looked After at Home.  Young people from this most vulnerable group have historically received less targeted support and as a result are particularly disadvantaged when achieving positive destinations on leaving school.

While generally Barnardos and Action for Children deliver long-term intensive key worker support prior to young people moving into positive destinations, Princes Trust delivers shorter term, group support sessions for those young people who will benefit more from that level of intervention.

Key features of the support include:

  • Personal 1:2:1 support developed through trusted relationships
  • Identifying, assessing and overcoming wider barriers to employment (Housing, Mental Health, Money Management)
  • Personal Development opportunities combined with access to Industry Related qualifications, flexible work placements, regular input from employers
  • Long term In Work Support to ensure any move in to an Apprenticeship or Job has tangible career development opportunities that the young person can sustain.

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