Glasgow City Council's Social Work Services recently organised a special event for Glasgow’s Registered Social Landlords, to re-launch its Care Leavers Protocol.
Social Work’s Leaving Care Services and Glasgow Housing Association have managed a successful Protocol since 2007, with over 200 care leavers now living in their own permanent tenancies in the City.
The partnership has grown over the past two years and now encompasses The Wheatley Group and 16 Glasgow Housing Associations.
Th Protocol puts in place the pre-tenancy work and support that the council will provide to young people when they are ready to leave care. Housing associations are being asked to provide a single point of contact for the council, and help find the right tenancy for a young person if they have chosen to live in their community. Already a third of all housing associations in Glasgow have adopted the Protocol. It aims to help house 50 care leavers into a secure home every year, and has delivered over 200 tenancies so far to care leavers.
The protocol is the main route for care leavers to obtain permanent tenancies in Glasgow.
Leaving Care Services is optimistic that many more housing associations will adopt the Protocol, to ensure a bright and secure future for Glasgow’s care leavers.
Further details regarding the Care Leaver Protocol are available from Peter Finn, Senior Officer, Leaving Care Services.