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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2011): Homelessness - UK

Still too young to fend for themselves

R. Shrubb

Community Care, Oct. 6th 2011, p. 20-21

In the Southwark Judgment the law lords ruled that local authorities have a duty to provide support as well as housing to homeless 16- and 17-year-olds who have fallen out with their families. This means that almost all homeless teenagers should be assessed as children in need and taken into care. However, a recent survey of 99 councils has shown that only 27% of 6,677 homeless 16- and 17-year-olds had their support needs assessed, as well as their housing needs, in the first 10 months of 2010.

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