pdf Standards for young adults supported accommodation projects in Northern Ireland, DHSSPSNI, September 2012

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DHSSPSNI 12 Standards for young adults supported accomm projects in NI SEP 12.pdf

The development and introduction of these Standards is the culmination of extensive work undertaken to examinethe needs of the young people who have been placed in certain types of 'unregulated' arrangements and models of provision being used.  The Standards were developed in consultation with Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, providers of supported accommodation services and those with expertise in, and with responsibility for, housing including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.  They provide a framework for the delivery of safe and effective care and support for young people aged 16-21 who are making the transition from mainstream care placements to alternative living arrangements in the community.
 
These Standards apply to HSC Trusts and other agencies commissioned by a HSC Trust to deliver accommodation projects. These Standards have been piloted in all HSC Trusts and their application has been subject to inspection by RQIA.  The Standards are now being formally implemented and will be reviewed within two years of their operation.  Their application will be measured through self-assessment monitoring and inspection.

Associated documents:-
Minimum standards for leaving care services and supported accommodation letter from Sean Holland, 26 September 2012
Standards for Young Adults Supported Accommodation Projects Self Assessment/Audit Tool, DHSSPSNI, September 2012

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Associated documents:-
Standards for Young Adults Supported Accommodation Projects in Northern Ireland, DHSSPSNI, September 2012

pdf Staying Put arrangements for care leavers aged 18 and above to stay with their former foster carers, HM Government, May 2013

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DfE 13 Staying Put MAY 13.pdf

The Staying Put Guidance 2013 sets out the Department for Education, HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions frameworks that local authorities must be aware of, and take account of, when developing a local Staying Put policy.

pdf Staying Put good practice guidance, the Children's Partnership, July 2014

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NCB 14 Staying Put Good practice guidance JUL 14.pdf

This good practice guide sets out how councils can ensure young people in their area receive the support they need under the new Staying Put arrangement. The new law means local authorities have a duty to support young people who decide to stay with foster carers until they reach 21, in a bid to provide extra stability for those in care.

document Staying Put in independent foster care: Working together, getting it right ABSTRACT, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers, December 2015

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NAFP 15 Staying put ABSTRACT DEC 15.docx

This report into the progress of Staying Put involved interviews with carers and fostering providers, and found widespread concerns over funding.

pdf Staying Put Scotland: Providing care leavers with connectedness and belonging, Scottish Government, October 2013

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SCOGOV 13 Staying Put Scotland OCT 13.pdf

Guidance for local authorities and other corporate parents: supporting looked after children and young people remain in care as part of a staged transition towards adulthood and greater independence.

pdf Staying Put: Stakeholder consultation examining implementation and early impact of Staying Put, National Children's Bureau, February 2015

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NCB 15 Staying Put Stakeholder consultation FEB 15.pdf

This consultation aimed to assess the initial impact of the Staying Put reform and identify barriers and challenges to implementation of the reform. The Staying Put legislation comprises new laws included in the Children and Families Act 2014, which state that local authorities have a duty to support care leavers who wish to continue to live with their foster carers when they reach 18. The Staying Put arrangement continues until the young person reaches age 21, or stops living in the household before then.

pdf Supported accommodation standards consultation response, Children in Northern Ireland, 2010

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CiNI 10 ABSTRACT Standards for Young Adults Supported Accommodation Projects in NI response.pdf

For a copy of this consultation response, please contact Children in Northern Ireland

pdf The cost of not caring: supporting English care leavers into independence, Barnardo's, December 2014

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BAR 14 The cost of not caring DEC 14.pdf

This new research reveals that young people leaving the care system are effectively set up to fail when living independently in local authority accommodation and this could ultimately end up costing the taxpayer more. Based on in-depth qualitative research with twenty care leavers, the research finds that some local children’s services are placing care leavers in unsuitable housing with unrealistic expectations as to how well they can cope with living alone. Some young care leavers are provided with good quality accommodation and emotional support, but this stops abruptly when they turn 18. Often poorly prepared for how to run a home on their own, care leavers can find themselves unable to pay the rent and getting into arrears. Some care leavers end up in huge debt and experience serious mental health issues due to isolation and loneliness. Barnardo’s is calling on local authorities to ensure that they adhere to DfE guidance for housing care leavers, which states that affordability for these young people must be a priority. It is urging Children’s and Housing services departments in local authorities to share their budgets and work in tandem, for example, by jointly commissioning services that would help smooth the transition to independence for care leavers.

document The Door is closed: A report on children who are homeless because they are failed by the system which is supposed to protect them ABSTRACT, S. Islam et al., December 2014

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COR 14 The Door is closed ABSTRACT DEC 14.docx

This abstract details a report outlining the findings from a review of the case notes of 40 homeless children and young people supported by Coram Voice in 2013-14.

default There's no place like home, A National Voice

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ANV ND ABSTRACT There's no place like home.pdf

This abstract details a report linked to a campaign run by A National Voice which highlighted the poor state of housing provision for care leavers in England.

default What is suitable accommodation? National Care Advisory Service, February 2010

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NCAS 10 What is suitable accommodation FEB 10.pdf

This abstract provides details about a NCAS survey on how to define suitable accommodation for care leavers.

pdf When I am Ready: Planning transition to adulthood for care leavers consultation document, Welsh Government, 9 October 2012

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WG 13 When I am Ready consultation document.pdf

This consultation invites comments on the proposed “When I am Ready” scheme. A “WIR” scheme is to promote arrangements whereby young people could remain living with their foster carer(s) (former foster carer(s) after their eighteenth birthday.  It aims to ensure better support for care leavers in their transition to adulthood and independence.

pdf When I'm Ready: Planning transition to adulthood for care leavers consultation response, NSPCC Cymru/Wales, 2 January 2013

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NSPCC 13 When I'm ready consultation response 2 Jan 13.pdf

Response to Welsh government's consultation on the proposed 'When I'm Ready' scheme which aims to help young people have better choices and support around their transition to independent living.