Moving towards independent living can be scary for young people, especially those leaving care.

We aim to make this process as smooth as possible with support from your social worker and personal advisor.

We'll discuss what housing is most appropriate for you. This is important so we can find accommodation that will best support your move into your own home.

We'll work with you and other agencies to make sure you're well prepared for independent living. These plans will be included in your pathway plan.

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Finding a home

We'll make sure you have suitable accommodation between the ages of 18 and 21. There are different types of housing available and we'll help you find the right housing option for you. 

We aim to help you find a home where you feel comfortable, safe and secure. We'll also help you to get all your necessary identity documents.

If you're over 18 your personal adviser will help you with: 

  • working with housing services to come up with suitable housing options for you, including supported accommodation
  • remaining with your foster carers in a staying put arrangement
  • looking into different housing options
  • your tenancy, including how to avoid getting behind in your rent payments, paying for bills and budgeting
  • practical support with moving into and furnishing and equipping your new home
  • the cost of your first TV licence
  • getting contents insurance to protect your possessions
  • exemptions or discounts on Council Tax
  • claiming housing benefit or universal credit
  • a housing crisis, including helping if you're threatened with losing your tenancy, or if you have lost it.

See some of the different housing options below. 

Housing options

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