• Housing advice if you're 16 or 17

    • I'm at risk of being homeless

      If you are at risk of becoming homeless, phone or visit a social worker from Children's Services Youth Support Team. What you tell us will be confidential, and we will only pass it on if we think you are in danger.

      Contact the Youth Support Team.

      For more help and advice, you can also go to the Shelter website - support for 16 and 17 year olds

      Working things out with your parents

      Once you’ve contacted Children’s Services the first thing that we will always do is to help you try and work things out with parents. This is called mediation and is often really helpful when things have got a bit out of hand at home.

      Living with other members of your family

      If you’re not able to return home for whatever reason we may try bringing together other members of your family to see if we can arrange a safe place for you to live with them.

      What if I can’t return home or live with a family member?

      If you can’t return home or live with family, you may find yourself with a choice to make. Children’s Services may have decided that you can become what we call ‘looked after’ or ‘in care’. However if you don’t want to be looked after there is still a lot of help and support you can get from us.

      What if I choose to be looked after?

      If you choose to be looked after you will get a social worker who will help and support you. Together with your social worker you will agree on a ‘Pathway plan’.

      This means you will agree what help and support you need. This will include:

      • somewhere to live
      • support with other areas of your life, like depression or school
      • help accessing other services like Connexions or the Substance Misuse Team.

      Will I get benefits?

      You won’t get benefits unless you are a young parent or have a disability or ill health. Children’s Services will provide you with enough money to meet your needs.

      You will not be entitled to Housing Benefit until you are 18 even if you are a lone parent or a young person with a disability.

      If you are earning you may have to contribute towards your rent.

      Where will I live if I choose to be looked after?

      It depends on what your needs are, but we will find you a place to live:

      • with a foster carer
      • with a supported lodgings provider
      • in supported accommodation, or
      • in semi-independent accommodation, in exceptional circumstances.

      What if I choose not to be looked after?

      If you choose not to be looked after you will get a different type of support, but you will still get support. You will get a housing support worker who will work with you to agree a support plan.

      This means you will both agree what support and help you need and it will include:

      • somewhere to live
      • help applying for benefits
      • help accessing other services like Connexions or the Substance Misuse Team.

      Where will I live if I choose not to be looked after?

      We will find you a place to live, either:

      • with a supported lodgings provider,
      • in supported accommodation or,
      • in semi-independent accommodation, in exceptional circumstances.