It follows a successful pilot in Greater Manchester to avoid young care leavers
"being abandoned" by local authorities.
"However, despite their vulnerabilities, it's important to stress that care leavers
can and do achieve as well as their peers.
What Beth Murray, director of Catch22 - a national charity that works with care leavers
and young offenders - said: "Children in care in Greater Manchester are not twice as likely to commit a crime, but they may well be twice as likely to be reported for one.
This is a national week of events organised by councils and care leavers
' groups aimed at highlighting the needs of care leavers
and the challenges they face as they enter adult life.
The Grandmentors scheme has been introduced in other parts of the country, and has seen 82 per cent of care leavers
going into further education, employment or training within six months of the programme ending, compared to 51 per cent nationally not involved in the scheme.
"We tend to find that care leavers
are more comfortable asking for help and guidance from people who are familiar with the care system, but, once they are in full-time work or education, it's harder to find this kind of help.
Emma Taylor, director of children's services at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "Our care leavers
' stories show what a difference our foster carers have made to their lives.
Our research found that where qualifications have been gained by Afghan UASC care leavers
, the majority remain at the basic level, with entry-level (pre-GCSE) qualifications only, and very few have progressed beyond Level 1-2 (equivalent to GCSE).
"Even in cases where a care leaver
has had some preparation for the real world, problems with mental health and a lack of ability to deal with these issues stops them being able to use these skills."
The Belfast woman said: "At the start of second year I was living in a homeless shelter and Deirdre Lynskey was installed as the care leaver
contact in Queen's Widening Participation Unit.
Mr Burnham said: "We know life as a care leaver
can be hard.
"One local authority gave a care leaver
a tent because they couldn't find placement for them anywhere else.