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Making the difference for young people moving on from care

young people leaving care and how their accommodation needs should be met. These include:

  • A transition support program (2008-11) for disabled children

  • Right2BCared4 pilots in 11 authorities - increasing the voice of 16-18 year old care leavers in decisions about their care including moving to an independent placement

  • ‘Staying put’ pilots in nine local authorities allowing young people to stay with their foster carers until they are 21

  • Researching the demand for young people to stay in residential homes

  • Increasing the range of supported accommodation by commissioning work to identify good practice in delivering housing support services

  • Developing a capital investment fund with the Housing Corporation to support the provision of dedicated accommodation

Joint Working between Housing and Children’s Services

The CLG and DCSF have produced non-statutory guidance on joint working between Housing and Children’s Services6. The guidance recognises that, amongst others, care leavers aged 18 – 21 are at particular risk of poor outcomes in the absence of joint working. The guidance identifies that Children and Housing Services should:

  • have a formal joint working protocol;

  • joint working arrangements for promoting and planning care leavers transition to adulthood specifically and

  • a joint protocol to ensure a quick safe and supportive response to care leavers at risk of or homeless.

Public Service Agreements 16

Public Service Agreements were introduced in the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review and set out how central Government intends to deliver public services and how they measure their success. Each PSA has a delivery plan which is shared across Government Departments with one department taking the lead. The PSAs are underpinned by the national indicators (NIs see below) which are used to measure progress. PSA 16 aims to increase the proportion of socially excluded people in settled accommodation and employment, education and training. The PSA identifies four groups of people who are at greater risk of social exclusion and care leavers are one of the groups identified. The Cabinet Office has the lead on this PSA but, as it is a cross departmental delivery plan, amongst other departments the

6 Joint Working between Housing and Children’s Services Preventing homelessness and tackling its effect on children and young people May 2008 www.communities.gov.uk

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A home not a safety net

www.leavingcare.org

October 2008

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