23 Feb 2011

How you are helping young people facing life on the streets

Thanks to your generous donations we have been able to help some of the most vulnerable children in England today.

Our expertise and vital experience with young runaways and young people in care has resulted in a new legal ruling, made last autumn, to make sure that young people leaving care at the age of 18 are given assistance in finding somewhere to live by their local authority.

Alone on the streets

Before this ruling many vulnerable young people, for example, those seeking asylum, or those coming out of custody, were unable to find suitable accommodation and many ended up living on the streets. Alone and homeless they faced real and immediate danger from predatory adults and some had to resort to stealing or begging in order to survive.

Crucial Safety Net

The Children’s Society was able to assist the court by providing a wider perspective of current practice, and show real examples of what happens to young people when they leave care. We argued that housing young vulnerable people provided a crucial safety net to protect their welfare.

Thank you so much for your financial support. This has helped us make a real difference to the lives of young people leaving care.