Children’s Services and local Housing Authorities have statutory duties to young people, and other statutory and voluntary agencies provide a range of services to them.
In Devon there’s a shared working protocol agreed between Devon County Council and the eight local Housing Authorities (East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, Mid Devon District Council, North Devon District Council, South Hams District Council, Teignbridge District Council, Torridge District Council and West Devon Borough Council).
The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that the partners within Devon continue to work together to provide a consistent and coordinated response to 16 and 17 year old young people who present as homeless and are in need of housing, or housing-related support.
It promotes the safeguarding and wellbeing of the young person to prevent homelessness, returning young people to their family wherever possible.
The protocol outlines service expectations in relation to how partners respond to young people aged 16 and 17 years old and aspires to achieve a set of coordinated services which set out a ‘Positive Pathway’ in Devon for this group of young people.