Practices of communication with young people should incorporate creative methods that do not rely on direct questioning or discussion but reflect young people’s own cultures and provide them opportunities to control how they engage with difficult and sensitive subjects.
Placement planning should consider:
- the effects on young people of multiple moves
- the need to understand which items are of importance to young people and make sure they keep hold of them
- carers’ support for young people’s preferred means of escape and creativity (including technologies and books)
- young peoples networks of friends and important places
Planning for transitions to independent living should take account of the young person’s previous living arrangements and preferences, including geographical location, as well as the need for security.
Greater provision of supported accommodation and other ‘semi-independent’ living options should be considered.
‘Transition’ should be extended to allow for greater ‘post-move’ support, the ‘intentionally homeless’ regulationsshould not be applied for a period of time, and specialist housing advice provided.
The police should engage in consultations and discussions about how they engage and communicate with young people who may be going through a difficult period.
More secure funding for statutory and voluntary agencies and carers is required.