Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless

01 May 2018

Statutory guidance on the provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless or at risk of homelessness has been revised by the Government.

The guidance, first issued in 2010, outlines the respective duties of children’s and housing services to secure or provide accommodation for 16 and 17 year old children.

Although it is in the best interests of most young people to live in the family home, or with responsible adults, those who are threatened with homelessness are likely to be vulnerable and at risk of harm in the absence of intervention. Safeguarding and promoting the child’s welfare should be central to all service provision.

The guidance has been amended to reflect new duties introduced through the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and to incorporate other relevant updates.

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