Laura Sharman 26 October 2020

New guidance to prevent care leavers becoming homeless

Councils have been urged to identity care leavers that are at risk of becoming homeless, in new guidance published today.

The guidance sets out how council housing departments and children’s services can work together to provide care leavers with stable accommodation.

This includes ensuring each care leaver has a tailored support plan as they transition to independent living, and ensuring those at risk of homelessness are identified early.

Kelly Tolhurst, minister for rough sleeping and housing, said: ‘Young adults leaving care need firm foundations on which to build a stable home for themselves, and to help support them start their adult lives confidently so they can fulfil their potential.

’The guidance I’ve published today will help key services ensure care leavers get the housing support they need is another mark of the government’s resolute commitment of helping vulnerable people.'

Councils have also been reminded they can offer council tax discounts to care leavers.

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