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Protocol between Housing Services, Children's Social Care and other related Services in respect of 16 and 17 year olds who are Homeless or at risk of Homelessness

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

Both Housing Services and Children's Social Care have responsibilities towards homeless 16 and 17 year olds. Services from other agencies are also likely to be required to meet their needs and secure their welfare. This Protocol sets out how respective services will work together to enable young people to return or remain with their families or move down a supported housing pathway into independent living.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in May 2016 when comprehensive Section 5, Guidance Notes for Housing Options Workers and Youth Homelessness Workers were added to this procedure.

Contents

  1. Agreed Vision
  2. Aims
  3. Objectives
  4. Systems and Processes
  5. Guidance Notes for Housing Options Workers and Youth Homelessness Workers
  6. Partner Agencies and Roles
  7. Related Forums, Plans and Ownership
  8. Relevant Legislation

1. Agreed Vision

Our vision is for young person friendly services which:

  • Link together and provide joined up assessment and response to need;
  • Enable young people to remain with, or return to, family or connected others or to access a supported housing pathway that promotes the development of independent living and tenancy management skills.

2. Aims

  • To provide joined up services based on timely assessment and proportionate response to need and which respect and take into account young people's views;

  • To provide personal support through the experience of homelessness to minimise distress and the detrimental impact on emotional and mental health;

  • To promote family mediation, reconciliation and alternatives within the wider network of extended family and connected others where consistent with the welfare and safety of the young person;

  • To develop a range of emergency options which avoid the use of bed and breakfast other than where necessary to avoid street homelessness;

  • To enable access to a supported housing pathway that promotes the development of independent living and tenancy management skills;

  • To provide easy access to a range of other services relevant to health and educational need so as minimise the disruptive effect of homelessness on young people's development, aspirations and achievements;

  • To develop collaborative responses to meeting the needs of challenging and "hard to place" young people.

3. Objectives

  • Establishment and maintenance of a single point of contact as a focus for provision of the range of services required;
  • Close location of housing options and social care work;
  • Delivery of effective mediation and family support;
  • Provision of sufficient emergency accommodation;
  • Commissioning of a range of complimentary supported accommodation options;
  • Delivery of a housing pathway linked to development of independent living and tenancy management skills.

4. Systems and Processes

  • Housing and Children's Services have joint responsibilities towards homeless 16 and 17 year olds – both agencies must work closely together;
  • Housing Options Service will provide a single access point for homeless 16 and 17 year olds – young people will usually be advised to present in person unless problems can be resolved by telephone;
  • Wherever possible, there should be an initial joint interview by a dedicated Housing Options Worker (Young People) and a Children's Services / Leaving Care Youth Homelessness Worker;
  • If a joint interview is not possible, the Housing Options Worker will inform the duty Youth Homelessness Worker about the young person and their contact details as soon as possible, aware that Children's Services has welfare responsibilities to all under 18's, including those who do not have local connection or habitual residence in the UK;
  • Depending on the circumstances of the case, there may be follow up work by one Service or the other or by both Services – workers will agree who will do what with the young person and both will take responsibility for achieving a successful outcome;
  • Children's Assessment teams will undertake safeguarding responsibilities where there are concerns about significant harm (e.g. forced marriage, ill-treatment, child sexual exploitation, self-harm) – workers will refer to the Duty Social Worker for advice in these cases;
  • Young people under 18 should normally be living with their parents unless welfare reasons indicate otherwise;
  • Where homelessness is due to parental exclusion, workers will attempt to agree a plan for mediation / reconciliation (e.g. telephone call to parent, home visit, breathing space to let tempers cool down etc);
  • Where immediate accommodation is required, workers will discuss and agree options jointly (Children's Services / Leaving Care may be able to use temporary finance to broker an arrangement with wider family / suitable friends or more appropriately access a Crash Pad / emergency supported lodgings rather than a direct access hostel);
  • Where an accommodation pathway is required (e.g. mediation inappropriate or no chance of succeeding), the young person will normally be referred to the Centrepoint Housing Pathway unless needs are better met through a different scheme – applications can be made by either worker after the initial joint interview;
  • Some young people (e.g. fleeing forced marriage) may require accommodation out of area;
  • Referral for a supported tenancy through the Intensive Housing Management form can be made where the young person appears mature enough or at a later stage when young people move into site based accommodation;
  • The Housing Options Worker will take the major role in finding accommodation for pregnant young people and those with dependent children;
  • Where a homeless young person is being discharged from custody, the youth homelessness worker will identify the address of accommodation 2 weeks prior to discharge for this to be available at the pre release planning meeting;
  • The Housing Options Worker will email copies of relevant information (e.g. the IHM form / housing application forms if completed) to the Youth Homelessness Worker – Children's Services / Leaving Care will normally undertake a Children's Act assessment unless the young person refuses consent and is mature enough to do so or other action is indicated;
  • Where a young person is deemed a "Child In Need" following Children's Act assessment, a named Youth Homelessness Worker / Leaving Care worker will provide continuing personal support and other assistance under a Child In Need Plan until the young person's circumstances become settled and support is no longer required;
  • If a young person meets the criteria for accommodation under Section 20 Children Act 1989, accommodation should be provided under that provision and Local Authorities may not choose to provide accommodation for lone children under other powers unless the young person themselves has been appropriately advised of their entitlements and being capable of making an informed choice, refuses such provision;
  • Requests for S.20 will go to Children's Services Group Services Manager for decision;
  • Statutory homelessness assessments may be undertaken by Housing Options Service where a young person refuses Children's Services involvement.

5. Guidance Notes for Housing Options Workers and Youth Homelessness Workers

5.1 Homelessness Enquiries and Consent

Young people should be asked for consent to information sharing between Housing Options Service and Children's Services and relevant other agencies.

Where 16 and 17 year olds presenting as homeless request assistance, there is a duty to make enquires about their circumstances - to determine whether a young person is indeed homeless, the sort of initial assistance required and whether the young person is a Child in Need.

The nature of enquiries will differ from case to case, according to professional judgment, but may include information from:

  • The young person themselves;
  • Their parents;
  • Relatives;
  • Significant others;
  • Agencies that know the young person.

In order to obtain or disclose information in the course of these enquiries, workers will require:

  1. The consent of the young person; or
  2. Grounds to dispense with consent.

Some agencies have their own procedures and may require further consent from the young person on their own forms or through their own processes.

Wherever possible, it is best to work with young people with their consent – time, patience and explanation about its importance may be required where young people are reluctant to give it.

Where a young person refuses consent to us, has the capacity to do so, and in doing so, does not give reasonable cause to suspect that they are suffering, or likely to suffer Significant Harm there may be no obligation to provide assistance or services; Services should only be provided where we are satisfied that we have sufficiently established the facts of the case to warrant the action we take. This is a matter of professional judgment and should be proportionate to the circumstances.

Making enquiries of parents is likely to involve disclosing information (even if only that the young person has approached us) as well as seeking it. A sensitive approach will be required in order to maintain the confidence of the young person and the likely content of a proposed discussion should be discussed with the young person beforehand. Where making enquiries of parents or others might put the young person at risk of harm, the young person's safety might need to be secured before undertaking them.

Where a young person persists in withholding of consent, this should not be allowed to frustrate any reasonable enquires deemed necessary to safeguard the young person's welfare. There are grounds for dispensing with consent:

  1. Where a young person does not have the capacity to give or withhold it (e.g. due to immaturity or mental ill health or lack of understanding of the issues involved); or
  2. Where the information received (from the young person or others) indicates reasonable cause to suspect that the young person is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm (e.g. where a vulnerable young person is roofless, it is likely that street homelessness would constitute significant harm).

Each individual case will require a balanced, reasoned judgment on the grounds available and on the desirability of using them. Advice may be required from a manager or the duty solicitor in Children's Legal Services. Also see Section 5.2, Gillick Competence and Fraser Guidelines.

5.2 Gillick Competence and Fraser Guidelines

When deciding whether a child is mature enough to make decisions, people often talk about whether a child is Gillick competent or whether they meet the Fraser guidelines. Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines refer to a legal case which looked specifically at whether doctors should be able to give contraceptive advice or treatment to under 16-year olds without parental consent. Since then, they have been more widely used to help assess whether a child has the maturity to make their own decisions and to understand the implications of those decisions.

In 1982 Mrs Victoria Gillick took her local health authority (West Norfolk and Wisbech Area Health Authority) and the Department of Health and Social Security to court in an attempt to stop doctors from giving contraceptive advice or treatment to under 16-year-olds without parental consent.

The case went to the High Court where Mr Justice Woolf dismissed Mrs Gillick's claims. The Court of Appeal reversed this decision, but in 1985 it went to the House of Lords and the Law Lords (Lord Scarman, Lord Fraser and Lord Bridge) ruled in favour of the original judgment delivered by Mr Justice Woolf:

"...whether or not a child is capable of giving the necessary consent will depend on the child's maturity and understanding and the nature of the consent required. The child must be capable of making a reasonable assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment proposed, so the consent, if given, can be properly and fairly described as true consent."

5.3 Homelessness Interviews

Through the interview(s), information from relevant adults (e.g. parents or other family members), and involved agencies (e.g. Connexions, Youth Offending Team), the Housing Options Worker and Duty Youth Homeless Worker should together seek to establish a holistic understanding of the young person's circumstances including the following:

  1. Is the young person aged 16 or 17 and already an open case to a Children's Services Area Team? Younger teenagers (i.e. under 16) should be referred to the Bradford Children's Contact Centre and discussed with the Assessment Team or Area Team Worker. Unaccompanied asylum seekers may require referral to the Assessment Team for age assessment. In the absence of the Youth Homelessness Worker, Bradford Children's Contact Centre (01274 437500) can advise whether a young person already has an allocated Children's Services worker;
  2. Is the young person homeless? (i.e. roofless or about to become roofless within the next 28 days, sofa surfing or sleeping in non domestic settings such as sheds or cars or living in uninhabitable property)?
  3. If not homeless, is the young person requesting housing advice or presenting for some other reason? Housing advice should normally be provided by the Housing Options Worker - only homeless young people or those on the verge of homelessness, require involvement of the Youth Homelessness Worker;
  4. If homeless, what are the main reasons for this (e.g. exclusion from the parental home, eviction from an existing tenancy, inability to occupy an existing tenancy due to fire or flood, fleeing violence, abuse or forced marriage, breakdown of relationship with partner or homeless for some other reason)?
  5. Are there additional reasons for concern about the young person's safety or welfare or that of others (e.g. indications of involvement in child sexual exploitation, lack of educational provision, specific physical or mental health issues, learning difficulties or disabilities, pregnancy or parenthood, particular behaviours such as harmful drug use, serious allegations or significant offending)?
  6. Should the young person be referred to housing services in a different authority (e.g. because a young person has local connection to that authority or ordinary residence within that authority's area)? Note, however, that young people fleeing violence, abuse or forced marriage can present to housing services in any area where they feel safe and that, in all cases, Children Services is responsible for the protection of young people within its area. Young people should not be passed around from authority to authority and overnight accommodation may be required while negotiations are undertaken with other authorities;
  7. Are there factors around the young person's immigration status, nationality or EU treaty rights that require consideration? Note that Children's Services has duties to unaccompanied, deserted or abandoned young people within its area irrespective of any habitual residence test or lack of immigration status;
  8. What are the young person's feelings, views and wishes about their circumstances? Homelessness can be stressful and frightening, adversely affecting the young person's health and sense of well-being. Street homelessness puts young people at risk of sexual exploitation. A young person's views and wishes are important but not determinative - workers should form their own view of what is in the young person's best interests.

Where young people present late in the afternoon, it may be necessary to arrange overnight accommodation on limited information and for the young person to re-present the following day for enquiries to be made. Young people who present "out of hours" will usually be accommodated overnight through Octavia Court and asked to present the following morning.

Workers should be aware that sometimes young people make a contrived homelessness presentation looking for accommodation of their own when not actually homeless. Occasionally parents may also collude in this.

5.4 Exclusion from the Parental Home

Generally a family approach should be taken with the aim to help the young person and parents resolve their difficulties through mediation or with the help of other family members or to seek a solution within the wider family or through appropriate adult friendship networks.

Young people may present immediately following an argument or trigger incident at home or after staying with friends or sleeping rough for several days. Sometimes young people may have lived away from home for several months during which a deep rift with parents may have developed. Young people may feel angry and aggrieved by exclusion, even where their behaviour has significantly contributed to it. Parents may also feel angry and exasperated by the attitudes and behaviours of the young person. Parents may be struggling to deal with very challenging behaviours through which young people may be putting themselves at risk, such as serious drug use or involvement in sexual exploitation.

Sometimes immediate face to face mediation might be effective while at other times it may be better to delay face to face contact for a short while until feelings have subsided. In either case, parents should be contacted on the day of presentation and a home visit arranged within 48 hours if an immediate visit seems unhelpful.

Workers should seek to establish who is in the young person's immediate and wider family, what friendship networks the young person has and who might be of help.

While mediation is being pursued, it will be important for the young person to remain in temporary arrangements, preferably with friends or wider family, otherwise in night by night arrangements with Nightstop, emergency supported lodgings or in a Crash Pad. It is likely to be counter productive to place a young person in a hostel or open up the possibility of a housing pathway through completion of housing application forms at this early stage.

In order to achieve a return home through mediation, the family may benefit from the involvement of the Children's Services Placement Support Team or other agencies.

Sometimes parental exclusion may be the sign of more longstanding and deep seated problems in relationships and attachments, perhaps involving strong feelings around step parents, and mediation may not be appropriate.

Where parents agree to the return of a young person but the young person refuses, the young person would no longer be homeless and should return home unless there are other welfare considerations to take into account. The young person's refusal should be discussed with the parents with a view to reaching agreement about the way forward. It may be appropriate to give the young person a clear message that they must return home with other options closed down. In some cases, however, closing down options may cause the young person to put themselves at risk through self harm, running away or becoming involved in sexual exploitation – in these cases, welfare considerations may indicate alternate action.

5.5 Young People Fleeing Violence and Forced Marriage

Homelessness can result from domestic violence or external threats of violence from outside home, including forced marriage and honour based violence. Domestic violence can be an issue between 16 and 17 year olds living together in intimate relationships. Forced marriage is a form of domestic violence. Inter agency advice and procedures about young people under 18 at risk of harm from domestic abuse, so called honour based violence and Force Marriage can be found in the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures.

Where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a young person is suffering or, likely to suffer, significant harm (whether from within the parental home or due to other circumstances), there is duty under S.47 of the Children Act for Children's Services to make such enquiries as it considers necessary to decide whether it should take any action to safeguard or promote the young person's welfare.

Children's Assessment teams will undertake safeguarding responsibilities where there are concerns about significant harm – workers must refer to the Duty Social Worker for advice in these cases. Where S.47 enquiries are undertaken, the Assessment Team is likely to take a lead role in case management with the Housing Options Worker or Youth Homelessness Worker in support arranging safe accommodation while investigations are made. The Police may also be involved. A safe waiting area is required away from public view while young people await interview and subsequent arrangements.

In some cases, it may be possible to arrange safe accommodation for the young person within the wider family or friendship network (e.g. where tensions within the immediate family have erupted in violence but there is no ongoing threat to the young person once outside the household). In others (e.g. forced marriage and honour based violence), young people may require safe accommodation outside Bradford, possibly some considerable distance away. Detailed precautions may be required to protect young people in these circumstances from abduction and injury and to reassure them of their safety on the premises and in transit. Additional measures may be required to restrict access to information about the young person and his / her whereabouts.

Workers should ensure that relevant managers are made aware of these cases. For further information about definitions of domestic violence, see Information for Local Areas on the change to the Definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse (Home Office, March 2013).

5.6 Child Sexual Exploitation

Workers should look out for any indications that a young person is involved in child sexual exploitation. Where relevant, completion of the CSE assessment toolkit and discussion with the CSE Hub might help to identify the level of concern. Where there are serious safeguarding concerns, the case should be discussed with a Team Manager and consideration given to referral to the Assessment Team for S.47 investigation. For further advice see the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures.

5.7 Young Runaways

A "runaway" is a young person who has left their home or feels they have been forced or lured to leave. Young people may runaway from a problem such as abuse or neglect or runaway to someone or somewhere they want to be. Circumstances can vary widely as can the attitude and approach of parents. Some parents may be acting reasonably and struggling to protect the young person from dangers not perceived by the young person themselves. In other situations, the parent's relationship, behaviour and attitude towards the young person may be the route cause of running away or a complicating factor in managing a complex situation. In some cases, there may be a specific issue (e.g. a young person's determination to pursue a relationship) that has caused a deep rift between the parents and young person.

Listening, understanding different perspectives, evaluating conflicting information, thinking "outside the box", reviewing past information with a different "mindset", making reasoned judgments and reflecting on them are often features in making assessments and dealing with these cases. In general, 16 and 17 year olds should be living with their parents unless welfare grounds indicate otherwise. What is judged best to safeguard and promote the young person's welfare should be guide to deciding what actions to take and judgments on this might change as a case progresses. Practical considerations may also play a part in judging what is best. Young people who go missing are vulnerable to sexual and other forms of exploitation, drug and alcohol use and at risk of serious harm. Achieving a compromise through a practical solution that keeps the young person safe may at times be the most viable option.

Unless safeguarding concerns indicate otherwise, the worker should try to seek agreement to a plan of action from both the parent/s and the young person. Where this is not possible, the worker should seek advice from a manager. Legal advice may be required by the manager and, in some circumstances, it may be that the young person should seek legal advice in their own right. Where agreement cannot be reached, disgruntled parents and young people themselves may make complaints or representations through their Councillor or MP – solid reasons will be required for the actions we take or decide not to take. Unless there are welfare concerns, workers should be wary about becoming involved in family disputes about specific issues (such as the suitability of a boyfriend / girlfriend and a young person's determination to pursue a relationship against parental wishes). In making decisions, the Authority is required to take a full range of factors into account, but it is for the Authority to determine what weight it gives to one factor over against another in order to promote and safeguard the welfare of the young person. Depending on the nature of welfare concerns, the young person's age and competence and holistic assessment of the circumstances, the Service may come to a decision to support the young person's wishes against those of the parent/s or vice versa.

Also see Section 5.5, Young people fleeing violence and forced marriage and Gillick competence and Fraser guidelines as well as Statutory Guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care.

5.8 Young People being discharged from Custody

It is important that timely plans are in place to provide accommodation for homeless young people being discharged from a custodial sentence. Referrals will usually come from YOT in time for a Children's Act assessment to be undertaken while the young person is in custody and for discussion about the young person's legal status on release (i.e. if assessed as Child In Need, whether accepting a S.20 duty or not on release). The address on release should be identified 2 weeks prior to the young person's release date so that it can be notified to the pre release Planning Meeting which is usually held about 10 days prior to release. This may require accommodation to be pre booked and funded prior to release.

Under LAPSO (Legal Aid and Punishment of Offenders Act), young people remanded to custody are ascribed Looked After status under S.20 of the 1989 Children Act. Any 16 or 17 year old homeless on release should already have an allocated worker within Children's Services.

5.9 Adoption breakdowns

Young people who become homeless through adoption breakdown can be particularly vulnerable. Specialist support may be available and the Adoption Unit will be able to advise about this.

5.10 Young people with special educational needs or disabilities

New regulations come into force in September 2014 requiring local authorities to provide young people with special educational needs or disabilities with an integrated Education, Health and Care Plan up to the age of 25. These young people can be particularly vulnerable to repeat homelessness. Where these young people present as homeless, a review of the integrated plan will be required.

5.11 Young People from Other Authority Areas

Young people present as homeless across Authority boundaries for a variety of reasons. Geographically, Bradford might be the nearest office to their home address or the office where someone has advised the young person to present. The young person may be in employment, education or training in Bradford, may have stayed temporarily with relatives or friends locally or have a local support network in the area or may have formed a significant boyfriend / girlfriend relationship with someone locally. Some young people may feel safe presenting as homeless in an area away from their home address. Others may have been living in a supported accommodation project in Bradford and been evicted.

There are different concepts in housing and children's legislation in approach to young people from other Authority areas. Housing legislation uses the concept of "local connection" and each housing authority may set its own criteria e.g. young person may be accepted as having a local connection in Bradford where they have stayed in Bradford for 3 months or where they attend work, education or training in Bradford, but other housing authorities may take a different approach. Under housing legislation, a young person fleeing violence may present as homeless in any area where they feel safe. In Children's legislation, each Authority is responsible for taking action to safeguard the welfare of children under 18 found within its area, but longer term responsibility and financial liability may rest with the Authority where the young person is "ordinarily resident" and, for young people under 18, this is usually interpreted as the address of the parent responsible for them. Local Authorities have different approaches to homeless 16 and 17 year olds, configure their services differently and may work to different thresholds of need.

Workers should adopt a reasonable approach in the light of the circumstances of each case, taking into account the young person's views and wishes and what is important to them, and, in particular, recognise the importance of maintaining a young person's ability to remain in established work, training or education. Where a young person should present as homeless within a different Authority area, discussions may be required with either housing and / or children's teams in that area. Young people should not be passed around from authority to authority. Overnight accommodation may be required while negotiations are undertaken with other authorities. Likewise other authorities should be expected to take a reasonable approach to the circumstances of the young person.

Under leaving care legislation, Relevant care leavers are the responsibility of the Authority which last looked after them. Bradford will provide a local service but the Responsible Authority is required to meet any maintenance and accommodation costs. 16 and 17 year old Qualifying care leavers should be treated in the same way as homeless children in need – there is no specific requirement on the Authority which last looked after them.

Be aware that postcodes do not necessarily indicate local authority boundaries e.g. some streets with Bradford postcodes fall within Leeds boundaries and vice versa. Bradford Children's Contact Centre is usually able to advise if required (Tel: 437500).

Workers should discuss any boundary issues or disputes with relevant managers.

5.12 EU Citizenship, Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and Other Immigration Issues

Immigration law is complex but the main approach to take is that young people under 18 are children first and their welfare falls within responsibilities under the 1989 Children Act. Advice is available from the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Board Procedures, Children from Abroad (including Migrant Children and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) and elsewhere in this manual (see Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure).

Advice about recording immigration status is available on Bradweb from ICS Webpages.

If required, interpreters can be arranged through the Interpreting and Translation Unit Tel: 01274 438813. Unaccompanied asylum seekers may require age assessment and should be referred to the Assessment Team for this. EU nationals may encounter problems claiming welfare benefits and accommodation providers may require an undertaking for Children's Services to guarantee rent until benefit issues are resolved.

5.13 Young people who go missing from emergency accommodation

Sometimes young people do not arrive at emergency accommodation or go missing soon after arriving. In some cases, the reality of living in emergency accommodation may cause a change of heart and result in family reconciliation. In other cases, going missing may give rise to serious concerns. Statutory guidance requires a pro active approach to assessment of risk and subsequent action where young people go missing. See Children who run away or go missing from home or care (DfE, January 2014).

In order to avoid unnecessary alarms, young people should be told of the action that might be taken in the event of going missing and advised to let workers know about any change of plan on their part.

5.14 Information about Other Children at risk of harm

Sometimes in the course of interviews with homeless 16 and 17 year olds, information is disclosed suggesting that children known to the young person may be at risk of harm. Workers should seek to obtain as much clarity about such information as possible and refer it to the relevant Assessment Team through Bradford Children's Contact Centre (Tel: 01274 437500) or discussion with the Assessment Team Duty Social Worker.


6. Partner Agencies and Roles

Housing Options Service

Provision of homelessness services - advice and statutory homelessness assessment.

Children's Social Care / Leaving Care Service

Children's Act assessments (Bradford Single Child Assessment), social care support and accommodation.

Incommunities

Bradford's Community Housing Trust and Bradford's largest social landlord.

Adult Services - Housing Related Support

Commissioner of supported accommodation and housing related support.

Centrepoint

Contract holder for supported accommodation for the 16 to 25 year old sector.

Leaving Care Contracted Projects

Contracted accommodation providers where Leaving Care hold nomination rights.

Youth Offending Team

Young offender services.

Connexions - NEET Tier 1

Advice and intensive support to most vulnerable young people to achieve EET.

Issuing ES9 to access JSA.

Connexions - EET and NEET Tier 2 (Prospects)

Advice and support on Training / Education / Employment.

Issuing ES9 to access JSA.

LEAP Provision within Leaving Care

Dedicated EET support to 16 to 21 care leavers and homeless 16 / 17 owed S.20 duty and allocated within Leaving Care.

Care Leavers Nurse

Health screening and advice.

Drug and Alcohol Team

Advice, assessment and outreach support on drug and alcohol issues.

C Card and Sexual Health Services

Advice and support on sexual health matters.

CAMHS and Early Intervention Team

Advice, intervention and support on mental health issues.

Local Authority Commissioners

Commissioning and contact management and related support.

Related Strategic Forums:

  • Homelessness Strategic Core Group;
  • Adult Services - Housing Related Support Commissioning Body;
  • Looked After Strategy Sub group.

Related Operational Forums:

  • Youth Homelessness Front Line Managers Meetings;
  • Leaving Care Accommodation Forum.

Key Strategic Ownership

  • Senior Management Teams in Housing and Children's Services.

Key Operational Ownership

  • Service Manager - Housing Options Service;
  • Team Manager (Housing) - Leaving Care Service.

Related Plans:

  • Homelessness Strategy;
  • Youth Homelessness Strategy;
  • Children and Young Peoples Plan.

Monitoring and Review:

  • Operational monitoring through Leaving Care.

8. Relevant Legislation