What is When I am Ready (WIR)?
When I am Ready (WIR) is where a care leaver continues to live with their foster carer after they have reached 18. Previously, young people have continued to live with their foster carer under a Supported Lodgings arrangement.
Under the new law in Wales, the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 comes into force on 6 April 2016. Local authorities in Wales will have new duties towards young people wishing to remain with their foster carers under post 18 arrangements. The City of Cardiff Council have been preparing WIR arrangements from 2015, ready to implement the new law.
This is brilliant news for young people who can choose to stay with foster carers who may have known them for years. Turning 18 is an exciting time for many young people, but freedom, independence and increasing responsibilities can also be a worrying time, especially when they are about to move into young adulthood.
The Welsh Government recognise that not all young people are ready to leave home at 18. They have specified that you can remain under a WIR arrangement until you are 21, or longer if you are completing an education or training programme, as long as this arrangement continues to meet your needs, as outlined in your Pathway Plan.