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Homeless 16 and 17 Yr Old Protocols

Requested on
Mon 14th May, 2012
Reference
FOI 1949
Resolution
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Question

Please state whether your authority operates under any protocols or joint working agreements setting out how the housing and social services departments deal with homeless 16 and 17 year olds. If so, please provide a copy of all of the current protocols and /or joint working agreements.

If you authority does not have any protocol or joint working agreement, please provide the following information:

1) A summary of the steps that have been and are being taken to develop a protocol and/or joint working agreement.

2) Copies of the relevant papers (including agendas, reports and minutes) in relation to any meetings held by your housing and/or social services departments at which the development of protocols or joint working agreements for dealing with homeless 16 and 17 year olds have be discussed since February 2008.

Answer

Charnwood Borough Council have an agreement with The Bridge - a Housing Advice Charity in Loughborough, to provide a single point of access for all homeless 16/17 year olds.  Any 16/17 year old who presents as homeless to the Council is referred to the Bridge for an assessment, it is then The Bridge that liaise with Social Services at Leicestershire County Council.

I have attached a copy of last years Memorandum of Agreement between Charnwood Borough Council and The Bridge.  The single point of access agreement is still on going and an agreement for this year is currently being drawn up.

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