Strengthening the Young People's Supported Housing Services

A wide-scale service review has been conducted, which included feedback from over 240 stakeholders, to help us understand what we need to do to strengthen our Young People’s Supported Housing Pathway (YPSHP) Services.   This has helped us to better understand how the whole of the pathway is working for our accommodated young people aged 16-24 years, across both commissioned and in-house services, as well as the interface with the Adult Homeless Pathway.

The documents below outline the findings of the review.  

We are going to make significant changes to the way we deliver our YPSHP services from 1 October 2020 and so we have asked existing providers to continue to provide services until 30 September 2020, to give us the time we need to make these changes. The eligibility of the pathway will remain the same and services will be developed and co-commissioned with the city and district councils, with OCC as the lead commissioner.

16 and 17 year Olds and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

We will deliver supported housing services in-house for 16 and 17 year olds and Unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people (UASC), through expanding our Residential and Edge of Care Service (REoC).  This will allow us to provide intensive, targeted support to support young people to reconnect them with their families (where it is safe), develop independent living skills and access and maintain employment, education or training. 

We will be looking for smaller properties of no more than 4 units, to accommodate these young people so that they gain experience of living in shared accommodation.  We will have some emergency beds specifically for this age group where there is family breakdown and we need to work to resolve short term issues.  We will continue to have our two Move On Homes within REoC which will be prioritised for young people who have been in a residential children’s home or moving back into Oxfordshire from an out of county placement and there will also be the Supported Lodgings Scheme which offers accommodation in a smaller/family environment.

18+ young people, Parents and Out of County Provision

We will continue to commission services for young people aged 18+, young parents and out of county provision (for young people who cannot live safely in Oxon) and we will be looking for services to be delivered from smaller properties of no more than 4 units (excluding parents provision which could be delivered through larger properties).  There will be more intensive support provided for young people whilst they are in the pathway, with onward outreach support once they have moved out of the pathway.  There will be shared and single provision, with the single provision for those young people where it is unsafe for them to live with others.  There will be some emergency beds specifically for this age group. The in-house Supported Lodgings Scheme can also be used for this age group.

Next Steps

A project will begin in the autumn to develop our in-house supported housing through expanding the REoC service and we will advertise the contracts for the commissioned services in November.

This page will be used to update on the progress. 

Please read the information provided on this consultation. Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond.

Timeline

  • Opened
    13 Jun 2019 at 15:00
  • Closes
    31 Dec 2020 at 23:59

Details

Contact Name Liane Low
Contact Email Address liane.low@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07920 708776
Contact Postal Address County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Consultation Topic
  • Social care
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Young people
  • Public sector organisations
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
  • Staff
Geographical Area
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Kidlington and Yarnton
  • Oxford City
  • Benson, Berinsfield and Wallingford
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley
  • Goring and Henley
  • Didcot
  • Abingdon
  • Faringdon
  • Grove and Wantage
  • Burford and Carterton
  • Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock
  • Witney