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Housing Options Protocol for Care Leavers, Guidance for Corporate Parents, 22/10/13 [S]

The Scottish Government has published guidance to  assist local authorities and their community planning partners in the development and implementation of local 'Housing Options protocols for Care Leavers'. These Protocols should detail the processes by which young people are supported through their transition out of care and provided with a range of appropriate and sustainable accommodation options.

Securing suitable accommodation options for care leavers is about much more than finding them a place to stay. Care leavers should be made aware of the full range of options available to them including having the opportunity to remain in their care setting until they are ready to move on. Community Planning Partners as corporate parents need to ensure that care leavers have the skills and support needed to make a success of their choice as the journey out of care is a particularly important and challenging transition.

The guidance aims to:

  • Ensure Community Planning Partnerships/Corporate Parents have a Housing Options protocol for Care leavers.
  • To assist with the development of a Housing Options Protocol.
  • To ensure consistency in the development of Housing Options Protocols.
  • To ensure care leavers are regarded as a priority group.
  • To promote current practice that enables care leavers to make successful and sustainable transitions out of care.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Housing Options Protocol for Care Leavers, Guidance for Corporate Parents: Improving housing and accommodation outcomes for Scotland's care leavers