A new report has been published today making recommendations on how support for care leavers at risk of homelessness can be improved.

The report was created by a working group which included Staf and was co-ordinated by the A Way Home Scotland coalition. This follows a commitment made by the First Minister in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to develop a care leaver’s homelessness prevention pathway.

Amongst other recommendations, the report calls for improved implementation of existing legislation; rapid support tailored to a young person’s needs; and better preparation and support through the transition to adulthood.

Welcoming the report, Staf CEO Jo Derrick said:

“No young person should experience homelessness. Yet we know that far too many young people leaving care still face a disproportionately high risk of homelessness.

We welcome and endorse the report’s recommendations, which provide a useful framework for preventing homelessness amongst care leavers.

We were pleased to be asked to take part in this work and look forward to working with the Scottish Government and other partners to make the ambitions set out today a reality.”

Read the guidance and recommendations