Designated Safeguarding Leads in education settings should be alert to children living with families who are being made homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as this presents a real risk to the child’s welfare.
Indicators that a family may be at risk of homelessness can/may include:
- Household debt
- Rent arrears
- Domestic abuse
- Anti-social behaviour
- Being asked to leave a property.
Designated Safeguarding Leads should be aware of contact details and referral routes into the Local Housing Authority so they can raise/progress concerns at the earliest opportunity, however this does not, and should not, replace a referral into children’s social care where a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
Education settings may also come across cases where 16 and 17-year-old learners may be living independently from their parents or guardians, for example through their exclusion from the family home; these young people will require a different level of intervention and support, led by Children’s services.
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