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    Ealing Supporting People Strategy Refresh

    Needs analysis cluster one

    Appendix 2 -Cluster one

    Young people at risk, young people leaving care and teenage

    & young parents

    Current supply of services

    Client group Young Young Teenage and

    People at People Young

    Risk leaving care parents

    Expenditure ?983,338 ?710,418 ?102,919 Accommodation based units 166 29 10 Floating support units 41 20 Ealing Total 166 70 30 Inner London average 181 26 26 Outer London average 76 18 15

Overall the comparison with other authorities shows that Ealing is much better

    provided for than many other boroughs. The leaving care team funds services

    for 16 and 17 year old care leavers including supported housing and the

    Semi-independent Outreach Team (SOT).

The move-on survey indicated that there are significant problems with move-

    on from young people’s services with a number of providers suggesting that

    better use could be made of a rent deposit scheme to help service users

    access the private sector . We expect that our strategies to improve move-on

    will generate more frequent vacancies in our young people’s services making

    more efficient use of the supply that we have.

Although the information that has been gathered to update us on the housing

    support needs of young people suggests that some young people are not

    getting the access that they need to appropriate services, we will initially be

    focussing on improving move-on and through put to see if this deals with the

    currently unmet need. We will use the Gateway service to monitor unmet

    needs

Conclusions on the needs of this group listed in the 5 year strategy

    were:

    ? Insufficient supported housing at present for 16/17 year olds

    ? Insufficient move on accommodation

    ? Lack of information on the housing support needs of BME young people

    ? Lack of information on the housing situation of young teenage parents in

    Ealing

    ? Lack of floating support services that would support young people in bed

    and breakfast, other types of temporary accommodation and ‘move-on’.

    Particularly young women, asylum seekers and those with mild mental

    health needs.

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? Lack of high level support for provision for young people who are multi-

    diagnostic and with higher/multiple support needs e.g. refugees or asylum

    seekers, care leavers, young offenders, drug users, issues relating to

    domestic violence, or have mental health or other related health problems.

Progress

Since the strategy was written we have:

    1. Commissioned a new floating support service for vulnerable young

    people;

    1. Commissioned new floating support service for teenage parents

LAA targets

There are a number of Ealing’s draft priority LAA indicators that relate to this

    cluster of client groups:

    ? NI 45 Young offenders engagement in suitable education, employment

    and training

    ? NI 117 16-18 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training

    ? NI 123 16+ smoking rate prevalence

Other relevant national indicators (out with the LAA) are:

? NI 19: Rate of proven re-offending by young offenders

    ? NI 46: Young offenders access to suitable accommodation

    ? NI 112: Under 18 conception rate

    ? NI 115: Substance misuse by young people

    ? NI 106 Young people from low income backgrounds progressing to higher

    education

    ? NI 110 Young people’s participation in positive activities

    ? NI 112 Under 18 conception rate

    ? NI 147 Care leavers in suitable accommodation

    ? NI 148 Care leavers in employment, education or training

Supporting People funded services contribute to meeting these targets though

    supporting vulnerable young people to stay in or re-enter education and

    training or access employment. This is achieved by enabling often very

    vulnerable young people to stabilise their lives and providing a supportive

    environment to help young people, who cannot live at home with their family,

    develop independent living skills.

Other strategic targets:

    ? Reducing long term social exclusion faced by teenage parents by 60% by

    2010 National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy ? DCFS PSA target to reduce the proportion of young people not in

    education, employment or training by 2% by 2010

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The Cap Gemini report ‘Research into the Benefits of Supporting People’

    CLG 2008, identifies that Supporting People funded services for young

    people at risk generates savings from other services of approximately ?3,000 per unit for people in temporary accommodation and ?500 per annum for those in settled accommodation. This is based on the assumption that SP funded services reduce costs to e.g. the health service, criminal justice system and reduce benefit claims by supporting people into work. This would indicate annual savings in Ealing of approximately ?500,000.

    There are additional uncosted benefits such as improved quality of life, greater housing stability and the acquisition of skills such as cooking and shopping.

Current Needs

Young homeless people/young offenders

    The 2002 Homelessness Act extended priority need to include 16 and 17 year olds other than those who social services are responsible for accommodating, care leavers under the age of 21 who were looked after by social services when they were 16 or 17. The number of 16 and 17 year olds accepted as homeless is comparatively small and there are limited numbers housed in temporary accommodation.

    Young offenders are at significant risk of homelessness and Youth Justice board report from 2007 found that 40% of a sample of 150 young offenders had been homeless or sought formal housing support. However there is insufficient local data to identify a specific need.

    According to national data, homeless people are becoming more vulnerable with increasing numbers of young people who have more complex needs. Typically, young people are presenting with a multiple problems and service provision to them needs to be flexible and responsive to those needs.

    There is a lack of hard data on the numbers of vulnerable young people who need housing related support and those when are unable to access appropriate services; we expect that the new Gateway service will help us assess unmet need more systematically than at the moment and this will be used in the future to inform our plans, including re-commissioning and remodelling.

    However the PI data indicates that we are quite successful at rehousing young people. Between April and December 2007 94 young people at risk left supported housing. Of these 65 (69%) moved on in a planned way. The move-on survey indicated that service users in services for young people at risk find it difficult to access move-on accommodation and there are significant numbers of young people living in supported accommodation who are ready to move into more independent housing. We are prioritising improving move-on arrangements, including the development of a rent deposit scheme, and

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expect that this will increase the number of vacancies. At the moment there

    is no floating support service available for young people other that care

    leavers; if we are to increase the numbers of young people moving into the

    private sector floating support would be beneficial to help young people

    manage the transition.

Young people leaving care

There are currently 376 young people allocated to the leaving care team,

    of which:

    ? 103 are ‘eligible’ (16-17 years old and still ‘looked after),

    ? 7 are ‘relevant’ (16-17 years old and were ‘looked after), and

    ? 266 are ‘former relevant’ (18 and over clients who were previously

    ‘looked after’)

The Supporting People Programme works with young care leavers over the

    age of 18, as those under 18 are the responsibility of social services. An

    overwhelming number of young people leave care at significantly younger

    ages (typically at around 16/17 years old) than most people normally leave

    home (on average 23 years old). However, since the introduction of the

    Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, the proportion of young people leaving

    care at 16 has been decreasing and the proportion continuing in care until 18

    increasing. The situation in Ealing reflects this.

There are three types of accommodation available to young care leavers in

    Ealing:

? Supported accommodation units with on-site support staff;

    ? Self contained flats supported by on-site staff; or

    ? Independent accommodation with the option of floating support workers

There are 36 supported accommodation units currently funded for Ealing’s

    care leavers to access, of which 6 are self-contained flats available funded

    through the leaving care team and supporting people. A floating support

    service provides works with young people in independent housing in the

    private rented sector or social housing.

Ealing set up the Semi-Independent Outreach Team (SOT) in March 2006 to

    provide additional support to care leavers in local YMCA placements and

    those already in or about to move into Quota Housing allocation (up to 45 per

    year, increasing to 65). The SOT team is being increased by an additional 2

    workers for 2 years.

Some young people in Ealing are housed in inappropriate places such as

    B&B’s, hostels or private tenancies beca