Help if you are homeless aged 16 and 17
If you are aged 16 or 17 and have nowhere to stay, you should contact the Duty Social Worker for Children’s Services on:
01454 866000 ‐ Monday to Thursday 9am‐5pm
01454 866000 ‐ Friday 9am – 4.30pm
01454 615165 ‐ Out of hours and at weekends
They will give you support and find you somewhere to stay if:
- your parents have asked you to leave or said you can’t return home
- you are staying with friends or another family and have been asked to leave
- your home is unsafe for you (for example, because you’re at risk of violence or abuse)
The social worker will check to see if you can return home but can’t force you to go back if you don’t feel safe there.
If you can’t go back home, they will find you a temporary place to stay while they work out what help you need.
You may be offered a place in a:
- foster carer’s home
- a hostel or supported housing scheme
- a place in someone else’s private home (further details will be explained to you by the social worker)
Applying to the council’s housing service
You can apply for housing by contacting our housing service, HomeChoice. The number if you are homeless is 01454 865496.
If you do this, they will also check if you can’t go home, and if not they will refer you to children’s services.
If you have nowhere to stay, you will be offered emergency housing while children services follow up the referral to them. HomeChoice will explain the next steps so you are clear.
You should not be housed in a bed and breakfast unless there is no other housing available and this is the last resort. If so, you will be moved to somewhere suitable as soon as possible.
It is important to accept the housing the council offers you, even if you don’t want to stay there.
You can read our leaflet for more information on ‘Applying as homeless’.
Help with living costs
The council’s children services department must usually help you with living costs (including rent) if they have provided you with housing for at least 13 weeks.
You cannot usually get benefits if children’s services are helping with your living costs.
If you are not being supported through children services, you may be able to claim benefits if you have to live away from your parents because you’re at risk or estranged from them. HomeChoice will help you do this or refer you to a support worker who can help you.
Further Help and Support
You can get housing advice and support from 1625 Independent People, contact Freephone 0800 7317213
You can also get information and advice from Childline, contact Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours)
List of contacts
South Gloucestershire Council Homelessness Service 01454 865496
South Gloucestershire Council children services 01454 866000
South Gloucestershire Council Emergency Duty team 01454 615165 (out of hours and weekends)
1625 Independent People: Freephone - 0800 731 72 13
Childline 0800 1111
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