Parents and politicians have rallied behind a campaign to ban unregulated accommodation for 16- and 17-year-olds. The government has pledged to ban such provision for under-16s, but ministers have ruled out halting their use for 16- and 17-year-olds. The #KeepCaringTo18 coalition of campaigners, which includes charities Article 39, Together Trust, Become and Just for Kids Law, is warning that young people in unregulated accommodation are only entitled to support, not care, and often only receive “few hours of adult support a week”.
Children’s campaigners have already threatened the Department for Education with legal action unless the age limit is extended, and this week they are claiming broad support from parents for ensuring young people are supported until they are 18. Read more.