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What we want to change

Barnardo's will always speak up for young people leaving care, and campaign on their behalf.’

There are many ways we can campaign, and we will continue to work to transform the lives of children and young people who have been in the care.

Currently Barnardo’s is calling for:

  • •Local Authorities in England to reduce the use of unsafe and unsuitable B&Bs and ensure a better range of accommodation is available to vulnerable young people when they move beyond care.

New data shows young people who leave care are being placed in B&B accommodation repeatedly and for long periods of time by the majority of Local Authorities, contrary to Government guidance.

The long term and repeated nature of placements in this type of accommodation raises significant safeguarding risks for young people who are already vulnerable.

Councils need to prioritise having sufficient youth-specific emergency accommodation that is more appropriate for care leavers in a housing crisis.  This might include crash-pads, short-term supported lodgings, Nightstop, or emergency beds in youth-only hostels or foyers.  

We are also recommending that the Department for Education reviews how it records the number of care leavers placed in B&B accommodation.  Currently, the DfE only take a snap shot of data that does not reflect the true scale of the situation.  

Every care leaver has individual needs and aspirations and we want them into become the adults that they want to be. Leaving care must not be a bar

rier to education, employment or achievement. We must make sure care leavers have support in place to support them.

We want to see ALL care leavers supported in their transition from leaving care into adulthood in the way that suits their needs best.