Housing for Young People Must Be More Secure
09 March 2011
Home is where the heart is – or so they say. How we would feel not to have a base? How would we feel to live in one where we were exposed to drugs, violence and misery? As adults those thoughts are tough enough, but for children they seem incomprehensible. Last week's report by Barnardo's, No Fixed Abode, revealed how children as young as 13 are leaving custody without safe or secure accommodation, escalating them into a cycle of offending and increased vulnerability. The report illustrated how a lack of co-ordination and leadership from central government has meant that children are confronted with a postcode lottery when it comes to securing a safe roof over their heads, with some local authorities wrangling over who should accept responsibility for a child who needs a home.