Young people leaving care are some of the most vulnerable in society.
Our report shows that without support from parents, many of them are struggling to adapt to independent life.
Some are even becoming homeless as a result of the challenges they’re facing.
Young people need more support to ensure things don’t fall apart when they leave care.
Our research highlights a number of ways to improve the situation.
More than 11,000 young people aged 16 and over left care last year, each of them
in need of a safe and secure place to call home.
Young people leaving care need somewhere safe and suitable to live to help them make a positive transition into adulthood. Good housing underpins success in other areas of life. This framework draws together expertise from local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and young people across England on how to provide appropriate accommodation for care leavers.
The framework has been developed for local authority commissioners, leaving care and housing managers, and for providers of housing and support for young people in England. It is intended to be used flexibly to suit local circumstances and needs, and provides a model that local authorities can adapt. It can be used both to help individual young people find the best accommodation locally for them, but also by commissioners to inform housing strategies and the supply of appropriate accommodation.
The legal framework for care leavers aims to make sure that they receive the right support and services in their transition to adulthood, including access to accommodation. General homelessness legislation also provides a safety net for care leavers experiencing homelessness.
‘Statutory ‘Transitions’ guidance requires that, when a care leaver moves into new accommodation, their personal adviser must see them at the accommodation within seven days moving in. They must subsequently see the care leaver at the point when the pathway plan will be first reviewed – namely after 28 days – and then they must visit the care leavers at no less than 2 monthly intervals to ensure the accommodation continues to be suitable for the young person. They should liaise closely with the young person and their housing support worker to identify and resolve any problems.’
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