Northamptonshire Housing Protocol - Homeless 16 & 17 Year Old Young People
Housing Protocol for the assessment of 16 & 17 year old young people who present as homeless and are in need of accommodation or accommodation related support.
No single agency has sole responsibility for homeless 16 and 17 year old young people.
Children’s Social Care and local Housing Authorities have statutory duties to these young
people, and other statutory and voluntary agencies provide a range of services to them.
The purpose of this Protocol is to ensure that, in Northamptonshire, partners continue to
work together to provide a consistent and co-ordinated response to 16 and 17 year old
young people (including teenage parents and pregnant teenagers) who present as
homeless and are in need of accommodation or accommodation-related support.
It will also help to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of the young person and prevent
homelessness, returning young people to their family wherever possible. If a return home
is not possible, the objective is to find the most suitable accommodation for the young
person and to help them to remain in that accommodation until they are ready, if
appropriate, to move on to more suitable accommodation.
Last updated: 09 February 2016