Becoming homeless or being at risk of becoming homeless poses a real risk to a child’s welfare.

Your DSL (and any deputy DSLs) should be aware of contact details and referral routes into the local housing authority so they can raise or progress concerns at the earliest opportunity.

Be aware that some 16 or 17 years-olds could be living independently from their parents and will require a different level of intervention and support from those who are homeless with their families. The DSL and Deputy DSLs) should ensure appropriate referrals are made based on the child’s circumstances.

If you’re worried about a child, speak to your DSL (deputy DSL) and follow the school’s procedures for reporting safeguarding concerns.

Gov.Uk – Rights to housing for under 18s: Your Rights to Housing if You're Under 18

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