Vulnerable teenagers in Dorset equipped with leaving care survival kit

Vulnerable teenagers in Dorset equipped with leaving care survival kit

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 23rd February 2020.

A new survival kit's launching to help teenagers leaving care on their first night on their own.

Dorset HealthCare are putting together the 'Dorset's New Adults' (DNA) kit, describing it as 'a big hug on your first night alone'.

It's a box full of essentials that will help them in the adult world:

  • foodstuff
  • vitamins
  • hygiene/ health products
  • blanket
  • information signposting them to a range of support

It aims to set young adults on the right path and make them less reliant on health and care services.

One young person who spent eight years in care helped Dorset HealthCare decide what to put in the boxes.

Nikita who was involved in the DNA kit from the start, said:

"It can be really scary leaving care and living on your own. The DNA box is a real helping hand. I'd recommend the box to any young person about to leave care - it really is like a big hug on your first night alone."

Photo of a girl looking lonely

It was the brain child of Abi Clark and Ele Jarrett from the Trust's Looked After Children's Health Team. 

Care Leavers Nurse Abi said:

"The event was a fantastic opportunity for young people leaving care and transitioning into adulthood to choose their DNA box and have a say on what's included. 

"We also offered information about local services and support they can access in the future, ensuring a healthy and happy lifestyle."