Benefits for young people living independently - response to Social Security Advisory Committee call for evidence

The Children's Society's response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on benefits for young people living independently.

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Iain Porter
Policy and lobbying
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At The Children’s Society we work with thousands of teenagers each year. We see that too often the most vulnerable older teenagers are being let down by the law and not getting basic protections to keep them safe, healthy and happy. We estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships. This period of adolescence is known as an awkward age, but the challenges are seriously awkward for the most vulnerable teenagers falling between the cracks of childhood and adulthood.

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