Youth Homelessness Network Event: Advocating for young 16 and 17 year olds who are homeless

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Online I 1.30-3.30pm I Free

How can we effectively advocate for young people?

Research from Just for Kids Law, has shown that young people are not always housed under the right legislation. The systems and legal responsibilities at play are complex and can be hard to navigate - for both young people and professionals. They can experience gatekeeping, are given incorrect information and risk getting lost in systems. The consequences can be long term and affect the support they are entitled to with the potential to impact upon both their experience of homelessness and their risk of future homelessness. 

It is crucial that 16-17-year-olds are housed under the most appropriate pathway to meet their needs if we are to have a lasting positive impact on young lives, and that young people have their views heard and are supported to make informed choices.

This network event follows on from guidance produced by Homeless Link and Just for Kids Law. The event will provide an opportunity for professionals to come together, share good practice and name the challenges faced when supporting young people who become homeless aged 16 or 17.

Delegates can expect:

  • An overview of the rights and entitlements of 16-17-year-olds (drawing from the Guidance) and a presentation on a young person-centred advocacy approach by Mital Raithatha and Sophie Conway
  • How professionals can link in with local advocacy services
  • Opportunities to network and share practice with colleagues.

Book your Place 

This free event will take place 1.30-3.30pm on Wednesday 7th July, please register in advance

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Lauren Page-Hammick

Youth homelessness lead

Lauren is a National Practice Homelessness Project Manager leading on our youth homelessness work.

Telephone: 07507055508
Twitter: @LaurenPageH