Accommodation for young people aged 16 & 17 – resources for practitioners

It is important to remember that a child running away and choosing to be homeless may not have planned to do so. Many children and young people are forced out of their homes due to spiraling problems.

MSB has adopted the GMSP procedures which can be found at

The protocol provides guidance for Children’s Services, Housing and other partner agencies to provide a consistent and coordinated response to 16 & 17 year old young people who present as homeless and in need of accommodation and accommodation support services.

Further help and information
The Young People Support Foundation (YPSF) provides a wide range of services to support young people towards an independent life as an adult. Services range from practical support and advice for those at immediate risk of homelessness, to help with learning how to find employment, cook healthy meals or budget for household bills.

For more infornation visit the website or contact the 16/17 referral duty line on tele: 07961 586 822 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
YPSF (CCP) at 52 Oldham Street, M4 1LE or tel: 0161 228 7654 or email:
YPSF (Signpost) at St Andrew’s Hall, Brownley Rd,Wythenshawe, M22 0DW or tel: 0161 436 5432 or email:

Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council Homelessness service is an emergency service who have a duty to help only those people who meet strict criteria. The service will always try to help you to avoid becoming homeless in the first instance. For further information go to

Information for care leavers can be found at and on our leaving care page.

Shleter have produced a factsheet which looks at the causes of youth homelessness, some of the groups of young people who are most at risk, the scale of the problem, government initiatives for tackling and preventing homelessness, and Shelter’s work with young people. Available from their website

The Crisis Research paper ‘Young, hidden and homeless’ is available from their website

Young and homeless
Young and homeless reports explore the reasons young people become homelessness, the support available to them, and areas where improvements should be made. Available from the website

Albert Kennedy Trust
AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment. They have offices in London, Manchester and Newcastle. For more information visit

Coran Voice Homeless Outreach Project supports young people facing issues around homelessness to understand their rights, entitlements and access support that works for them, particularly the support that should be provided by Children’s Social Care.

Often when a child or young person is unable to remain at home or where they usually live, it can be hard to speak with Children Social Care. At Coram voice, we use advocacy to help young people’s voices be heard at the heart of the decision making processes; to help them navigate the systems of support available and to resolve any difficulties they have been facing, either by working with them to get help from Children’s Social Care or by accessing specialist alternatives.

Our services are always free for young people and we work with those aged up to 25 years old including those who are supported by Children’s Social Care and those who would like to be.

We have attached some promotional documentation for your information.

Referrals for support for the service can be made via our Always Heard Helpline on 0808 800 5792. Our website can be found at


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