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The Right Home Project

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Evaluation Report 20

The Right Home Project (RHP) represented a multi-agency approach from children and young people’s services, housing services and providers to addressing a gap in provision for young people on the edge of care or at risk of being homeless in Calderdale. It aimed to increase the range, quality and effectiveness of support, and to improve outcomes for young people by providing a broad and flexible range of accommodation options alongside a personalised package of support. Five accommodation strands were developed: a Short Stays residential service and Boarding School places for young people on the edge of care; a 24hr Intensive Supported Accommodation service and Foyer provision for vulnerable 16-25 year olds at risk of homelessness; and a Staying Close option for young people leaving residential care. A single multi-agency panel provided a central pathway for assessing referrals and allocating accommodation and support. The RHP Board met monthly and provided oversight during the first year of operation.

The intended outcomes for the RHP included local authority level outcomes (reduced numbers of adolescents entering care and homelessness in the LA; streamlined access routes and provision across the different service options, and cost savings); and young people and family level outcomes (improved wellbeing; participation in education, employment and training, improved family relationships, and reduced homelessness and family breakdown to prevent entry to care where appropriate).