YOUNG people leaving care should receive better support thanks to a conference for those who look after them.

Representatives of organisations from across Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough attended the day-long event focusing on how to help the young people make their way through life.

The conference was organised jointly by social services and First Key, the National Leaving Care Advisory Service, and funded by Health Action Zone Teesside.

More than 50 delegates attended the event at Middlesbrough's TAD Centre, discussing issues ranging from service provision to meeting accommodation needs.

Jim Wilson, the Health Action Zone manager, said: "The Health Action Zone is glad to be able to help organisations work together to make sure these young people get the support they need at such a critical stage in their lives.