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Here are the resources we found for home life for young people:
What’s Foster Care Like?
In this video Childline is joined by Tamar whose Mum is a foster carer. Tamar explains what it’s like growing up in a foster home, and where to get support if you need it.
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End Youth Homelessness
In the UK each year, 83,000 young people find themselves homeless. End Youth Homelessness is a UK wide movement, bringing together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale. They work in three main areas; prevention of homelessness, ensuring homeless people have somewhere to live, and supporting young homeless people into employment.
Violence, abuse, gangs, drugs, and problems with mental health – young people often become homeless because it’s safer to leave home than to stay. Tens of thousands of young people ask for help with homelessness every year, but there is a solution. CentrePoint work nationally to promote prevention of homelessness, provide housing, education and health support for young people who find themselves without a home.
Crisis are a national charity for homeless people. They help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it all together. The website has a dedicated ‘get help’ page for people who need help right now whether it’s help with housing or information on what to do if you are worried about someone.
Homelessness and Running Away
Homelessness is having nowhere to live. Sometimes things can get so bad for people that they feel like running away from home. This webpage from Childline covers what to do if you are unhappy at home, what to do if you want to run away, what it’s like living on the streets and where to get help if you’re homeless.
Living in Care
Living in care is when you live away from your parents. It could be with foster parents, other family members, in a care home, a residential school or secure accommodation. This webpage explores what it’s like to live in care and how Childline can support you.
Help if you’re Homeless: 16 and 17 year-olds
Shelter have put together this webpage to help you find somewhere to live if you are 16 or 17 and have nowhere to stay. This webpage can help you find a place to stay and includes information on contacting the council, housing you could be offered, help with living costs, what to do if you are under 16 or over 18, and what to do if you’ve been living in care.