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Recommendations to improve support for care leavers at risk of homelessness have been welcomed by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart.

A working group, co-ordinated by the A Way Home Scotland coalition, has produced eight recommendations to make support for care leavers simpler and more consistent across Scotland.

The report recommends:

• that existing legislation is better implemented for those with a legal duty of care to care leavers to help prevent them from experiencing homelessness at the point of leaving care and later

• that care leavers who experience homelessness are rapidly provided with support which is effectively tailored to their specific needs and circumstances

• that young people are prepared for and supported, with care and sensitivity, through the transition into adulthood

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“This report provides an excellent set of recommendations that provides tangible guidance and solutions to the problems care leavers face finding and keeping a home.

“Young people leaving care are some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we should take all actions possible to prevent them from ever becoming homeless.

“It’s vital housing and children’s services work seamlessly with wider support services to ensure young people’s needs are met.

“We will ensure that we meet the ambitions set out in this report to improve young people’s housing outcomes.”

Tam Baillie, former Children and Young People Commissioner for Scotland and chair of the A Way Home Scotland Coalition, said:

“No young person should be homeless and that particularly applies to care experienced young people for whom we have additional responsibilities with legal requirements.


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