A young person's accommodation and support pathway is about much more than housing. Crucial to any young person's development will be the opportunity to enjoy positive relationships with peers, family and the wider community, and have access to information in support of their physical, mental and sexual health.
Housing problems and homelessness can affect the mental and physical well-being of young people.
Young mothers or teenagers who are pregnant should be able to access a wide range of health and support services.
Young people can be victims of domestic abuse within their families or in their relationships, or be witnesses to abusive relationships between family members.
A minority of contact between the police and young people will be in the context of young people being suspected of committing a crime, and it is important for young people to be aware of their rights and responsibilities in these circumstances.
Young people found guilty of a crime can be given either a community sentence or a custodial sentence.