Yorkshire and Humber homeless teens being turned away by local councils

Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by KCFM

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The Children’s Society are calling for more to be done to help homeless teenagers in the region.

Teenagers who find themselves homeless in Yorkshire and the Humber are being failed by their councils, according to The Children’s Society.

They claim that almost half of the seven hundred 16 to 17 year olds that ask their council for emergency housing are turned away.

The charity is now lobbying the Government to make sure councils are able to identify young people at risk and provide them with flexible support and protection that those leaving care are entitled to.

They’re also campaigning to ban B&B accommodation for vulnerable young people as well as calling for constant regulation of hostels and other supported housing offered.

Amy Gibbs from The Children’s Society explains how they may have found themselves homeless:

“These teenagers may have been forced out of home, or run away from home, because of violence and abuse, or because of family breakdown, or maybe because of financial pressures. These are vulnerable teenagers and they must be protected.

She says it can be a very scary and dangerous time for them:

“It can be a very difficult, very frightening time for teenagers who may have left home because of a range of issues, and they’ve gone to the council to ask for help, only to be turned away, and this is just not right. We want all teenagers to get the help and support they need.

“When they go and ask for help, if they’re turned away by the council, they’re either forced back into a potentially unsafe environment at home, or they’re left to sofa surf, or to potentially try and get somewhere to live with strangers.”

The Children’s Society found that homeless teenagers have few options. If turned away, they are either sent home, where there is a possibility of violence and abuse, or left on the streets with no permanent home, exposing them to risks of sexual abuse or even being driven into crime to survive.

Amy says they hear some horrific stories:

“One girl who ran away from home because of violence, met some people on the streets. They said that she could stay with them but they asked her to pay for that. She ended up being sexually abused and this is completely wrong. These are vulnerable teenagers and they must be protected.”

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Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by KCFM

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