Strengthening the Young People's Supported Accommodation Services

Background

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.  

Changes underway to services

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 Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) as the lead commissioner.

16 and 17 year Olds and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Oxfordshire County Council will directly deliver supported accommodation services 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 a greater level of support to young people and help them to return home (where it is safe), develop independent living skills and access and maintain employment, education or training. 

We are looking for smaller properties where no more than 4 young people will live together in one house, 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.

New services delivered by Oxfordshire County Council will begin from 1 May 2020 with full services ready for 1 October 2020.

18+ young people, Parents and Out of County Provision

We are commissioning services for young people aged 18+, young parents and some out of county provision (for young people who cannot live safely in Oxfordshire). There will be single and shared accomodation.  Where young people are sharing there will not be more than 4 young people in one property (excluding the parents provision which can be delivered through larger properties).  There will be a greater level of support than currently provided to young people whilst they are in services, with onward outreach support once they have moved out of services.  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.

New services will start on 1 October 2020.

This page will be used to update on the progress. 

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