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Care leaver 'needs help after losing support worker'

9 May 2013 Last updated at 06:15 BST

Young people leaving the care system in England should get more government help, according to a group of charities.

The group of seven charities, including Barnardo's and the Fostering Network, claim state support for care leavers is often cut abruptly at 21, whereas other young people get support from parents until their mid or even late 20s.

They claim this contributes to a higher risk of homelessness, prison or mental health problems in young people leaving care.

A government spokesman says it's working to improve things and says it expects local authorities to give young people the money they need to make sure they are in safe, secure accommodation.

Care leaver Jamie-Leigh Louis turns 21 in September and says she is dreading losing the support of a local authority-funded support worker.

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