Intervening early to prevent young people becoming homeless is an essential part of local authority homelessness strategies.
By the time a young person reaches 16, families under stress may see living apart as the best - or only - solution. For some young people, moving out of the family home may well offer safety, security and well-being as they move into adult life.
But for most, moving out is hugely disruptive and potentially damaging, both in terms of moving on to independent adulthood, and their long-term relationships with their family. As a local authority, you should work towards longer periods of transition, rather than making statutory interventions at times of crisis.
Taking a strategic approach should help families and children adjust to increasing independence and maturity, and make informed decisions about whether - and when - to begin living separately.
Research carried out by Homeless Link has shown that relationship breakdowns between young people and their families and carers are the biggest single factors in triggering homelessness among young people.
Strategies to prevent homelessness among young people should therefore:
This section looks at some of the approaches that local authorities and their partners are taking to prevent homelessness among young people.