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Comment on young people presenting as homeless

ADCS Vice President Andy Smith said:

“Local authorities work hard to ensure that young people presenting to us as homeless are provided with accommodation options and support that meets their individual needs and reflects their wishes. We take our duty to look after vulnerable young people seriously, for some entry into care via Section 20 is the most appropriate option, for others, accommodation and support that requires a less intrusive nature can be provided via Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and also be the most appropriate option to enable young people to remain in their local communities. Regardless of the legal status, young people are always involved in decisions that affect them, and arrangements are reviewed in light of the ongoing needs, views and progress young people make, and may change over time”.


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