Youth homelessness (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2091
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Recent research by The Children's Society has found that only 9% of 16 and 17-year-olds who are housed as homeless in London become accommodated as 'Looked after Children' despite this outcome being recommended by both judicial review and statutory guidance.  Nationally the figure is one third.  What are you doing to ensure that the boroughs meet their statutory duty to properly care for this group of very vulnerable children?

Answer

Answer for Youth homelessness (1)

Answer for Youth homelessness (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Deputy Mayor for Housing met with authors of the Children's Society report.

The GLA has undertaken to raise the issues set out in the report with local authorities, whose responsibility it is to ensure that their housing and children's services work together to provide suitable accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who become homeless.