Young people leaving care are concerned about becoming homeless
Research by the charity Barnardo’s has found that young people leaving the care system are worried that they will become homeless and find it difficult to find appropriate accommodation.
The charity is now calling upon the government to extend the support given to care leavers so that everyone is given support via personal advisors up to the age of 25, reports Inside Housing.
In their report, On My Own, Barnardo’s found that care leavers with vulnerabilities found it hard to find housing and manage living alone for the first time and often lived in unsuitable or unsafe accommodation. It was revealed that many young people struggled with practical issues such as bill paying and cooking.
The charity wants children’s services and housing departments within councils to work more effectively together to ensure that they meet the accommodation needs of care leavers. It also suggests that this could include joint commissioning of an accommodation pathway for young people so they have a degree of choice and access to a range of housing that meets their needs at different stages of independence.
Javed Khan, Barnardo’s chief executive, said: “Young people leaving the care system are often the most vulnerable in our society, but shamefully the extra help they need is often not available for them or inconsistent across the country. These young adults deserve better and should be offered more suitable accommodation options if they face a housing crisis – not be placed in unsafe B&Bs or homeless hostels. Local authorities need to ensure they are living up to their position as corporate parent to these young people and working in tandem with children’s services and housing departments to make sure they deliver.”
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