National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum

A forum of over 125 local authority leaving care teams, working together to share good practice & improve services & support for care experienced young people.

What does the NLCBF do?

  • Events for care experienced young people, leaving care practitioners & managers

    NLCBF run events throughout the year for leaving care practitioners & managers which focus on sharing good practice, hearing the voice of care experienced young people & sharing the latest policy & research updates.

  • Young Person’s Benchmarking Forum

    The Young Person’s Benchmarking Forum (YPBMF) is at the heart of the NLCBF & ensures that the voices of care experienced young people shape the direction & priorities of the forum. We encourage all NLCBF member local authorities to get their young people involved in YPBMF events and opportunities.

  • Members’ Website

    The NLCBF members’ website offers leaving care professionals the latest resources, news & updates as well as hosting contact information to facilitate peer support & networking.

  • National Voice & Influence

    We work closely with the Department for Education, other government departments & Ofsted to raise the voices of young people and to use the collective voice of the forum to influence priorities for policy that will make a difference to care experienced young people. Each year we also work on particular areas – for example working closely with HMPPS around care experienced young people in custody.

  • Partnership Work

    NLCBF are active members of the Children in Care and Care Leavers Alliance and work closely with statutory and voluntary organisations working in this area.

  • Research

    Through our events & website, we share the latest research in the area of leaving care to promote evidence-based practice. We also use intelligence gathered through the forum on latest issues to feed back to policy makers & researchers.

2018-19 Peer Learning Managers Events (LEEDS)

12th & 13th July 2018, 22nd & 23rd Nov 2018, 14th & 15th March 2019

How do I join?

Email: if you are interested in becoming a member or for more information.