Local authorities turn away 80% of homeless 16 and 17 year-olds

Local authorities turn away 80% of homeless 16 and 17 year-olds

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in News

A new report Getting the House in Order published by The Children’s Society has revealed shocking statistics about England’s young homeless.

Each year 12,000 homeless 16 and 17 year-olds ask local councils for help with housing. 80% of them did not receive accommodation, and many of them are not even assessed – meaning that councils are breaking the law.

Even those who are accommodated still face huge risks. 8% were placed in Bed and Breakfasts, despite government guidance stating that this is unsuitable, as they are often targets for sexual predators and drug dealers.

The Children’s Society is calling for councils to make sure all teenagers are assessed and given support. They ask that B&B accommodation be banned completely, and any accommodation used should be regulated.

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