Youth homelessness (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2092
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Every year, over one thousand homeless 16 and 17-year-olds are placed in unregulated supported accommodation or hostels across London.  Research by The Children's Society has found instances of these vulnerable teenagers being targeted for sexual and criminal exploitation whilst staying in these kinds of accommodation.  What steps will you take to raise standards in this accommodation to ensure these children are properly safeguarded from harm?

Answer

Answer for Youth homelessness (2)

Answer for Youth homelessness (2)

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.