Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Guidance suggests five key positive outcomes that NHS bodies, voluntary organisations and local authorities might work towards in partnership:
Young People Now, Mar.24th-30th 2004, p.18-19
Family breakdown, violence and rejection are the main reasons for young people leaving home. The Department of Health issued guidance in November 2002 requiring local authorities to provide services and safety networks for young runaways in their areas. However, a snapshot survey by the Children's Society published in December 2003 showed that fewer than a third of authorities had these systems in place. The Society is now calling for a raft of measures to help young runaways to be put in place, including emergency accommodation provision, and the establishment of mediation services for families in crisis.
Community Care Feb. 19th-25th 2004, p.28-30
Breakdown in family relationships can lead to teenagers presenting as homeless. The article discusses the role of mediation services in repairing relationships and that of informal, private fostering arrangements in providing a home.
Roof, Mar/Apr 2004, p.11
The Homelessness, etc (Scotland) Act 2003 put an end to the priority need test of eligibility for re-housing by local authorities. This could raise the number of applicants eligible for re-housing by 66%. There are concerns that there is not enough affordable housing to meet this demand.
Roof, Mar./Apr. 2004, p.31
Allocation policies of some local authorities are contravening the requirements of the Homelessness Act 2002. They are: