New Young People's Supported Accommodation Services

From the 1 October, 2020, there will be a new Young People's Supported Accommodation Service. Some of the key changes are that no more than four young people will live together in the shared provision and there will be separate provision for the under and over 18 year olds, so that young people live with other young people of a similar age.

The new service will also offer more intensive support to young people to equip them to live independently and provide outreach support for up to a year, once they have left their supported accommodation.

OCC have brought services for 16 and 17 year olds in-house, to be delivered by a new team within our Residential and Edge of Care Service (REoC). This service will be phased in from August 2020.

We were legally required to re-commission the other services for 16 - 24 year olds. We commissioned the new services with the city and district councils and we now know who will be delivering these new services.

The new organisations providing these services will be:


Locality area and no. of beds 


SP5 – 18+ Shared (up to 4 young people sharing aged 18-24 years)

Cherwell (29 beds Inc. of 1 emergency bed (e-bed))

Response (in conjunction with Oxfordshire Youth)

West Oxfordshire (28 beds)

Response (in conjunction with Oxfordshire Youth)

Oxford City (44 beds Inc. 1 e-bed)

Response (in conjunction with Oxfordshire Youth)

South Oxfordshire (16 beds Inc. 1 e-bed)

Response (in conjunction with Oxfordshire Youth)

Vale of White Horse (13 beds)

Response (in conjunction with Oxfordshire Youth)


SP6 -18+ Single Self Contained (for young people aged 18-24 years where it is not safe for them to live with others)

Cherwell (6 beds)

Key2 Futures

West Oxfordshire (3 beds)


Oxford City (10 beds)

Key2 Futures

South Oxfordshire (6 beds)

Connection Support

Vale of White Horse (3 beds)



SP7 – Parents (for one or both parents aged 16-24 years old with their child(ren))

Cherwell (10 beds)

Sanctuary Housing

West Oxfordshire (5 beds)

Still to be confirmed

Oxford City (15 beds)


South Oxfordshire (5 beds)


Vale of White Horse (5 beds)



SP8- Out of county (16-24 year olds at risk of exploitation)

 Out of county (10 beds)

Connection Support

We have commissioned Response to provide the accommodation we need for our in-house service for the 16 and 17 year olds.

This will mean lots of change over the coming months ahead as we begin to phase in our in-house service for 16 and 17 year olds from August and prepare for our contracts to start with the new providers who have been commissioned to deliver new services from 1 October.

The changes may be challenging for young people and staff impacted over the months ahead and we will be working with individuals to identify what the changes may mean for them and their future options.

Why did we change the service?

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and the City and District Councils have taken the opportunity to strengthen an already effective supported housing service as contracts with existing providers were due to end. We reviewed current service provision, with extensive input from young people and professionals- thank you to those of you who helped with this. All of this information was used to make the necessary changes to enhance services designed to prepare young people for living independently. 

For further details, please see the reports at the bottom of this page.


  • Opened
    21 Apr 2020 at 15:00
  • Closed
    31 Dec 2020 at 23:59


Contact Name Liane Low
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 07920 708776
Contact Postal Address County Hall
New Road

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