Accommodation for homeless 16/17-year-olds

This policy relates to sixteen and seventeen year old young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The policy has been designed to ensure that:

  • All homeless sixteen and seventeen year old young people will be provided with accommodation and support to meet their immediate needs
  • All professionals involved with young people will need to work together, in a co-ordinated way to deal effectively with young people who have accommodation needs, taking reasonable steps to ensure that no young person is ever left without a place to sleep
  • All young people presenting with accommodation needs should be referred to Children and Young People's Services via the Social Care Direct Customer Service Centre on 0345 8 503 503
  • Both the Housing Needs Service and Children and Young People's Service will work together as part of a joint protocol to assist with the housing and supporting the needs of homeless 16 and 17 year old
  • The joint protocol will ensure the appropriate assessment, decision-making and delivery of services to meet the needs of this group of young people

Wakefield policy and procedure for the provision of accommodation to homeless 16 and 17 year old young people is underpinned by the following legislation and guidance:

The policy also fits with the Council's aspirations for children and young people as per the Integrated Children and Young People's Strategy 2016/17

Full policy and procedure document