Support for 16 and 17 year-olds

//Support for 16 and 17 year-olds
Support for 16 and 17 year-olds 2017-12-11T10:43:03+00:00

We have a specialist youth mediation team who work with 16 and 17 year olds who are at risk of being made homeless. Usually, this will be because they are unable to remain at home due to family conflict.

Being young and homeless can be a very isolating and disruptive experience. For this reason, we try to help as many young people remain at home as possible.

What is the mediation service?

The mediation team work with the young person and their parents/carers to help them talk about the problems they are having at home. Providing there is no risk of harm, our aim is to help the whole family come to an agreement that allows the young person to remain in the family home.

For more information about the support available for 16 and 17 year olds, contact us on 0208 359 4797.

If you are having problems at home

Leaving home is a major decision that will give you many responsibilities you probably have not dealt with before. Leaving home without careful planning beforehand can easily leave you homeless. You will not be entitled to a council home and you will need to find a deposit and rent in advance for a home in the private rented sector.


If you feel that you must leave home immediately, for example due to violence or abuse, you must seek assistance right away. The following agencies can help you find a safe place to go:

  • Childline: 0800 1111

Free 24 hour helpline for children and young people

  • Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247

Free 24 hour helpline for victims of domestic violence

  • Shelterline: 0808 800 4444

Free 24 hour helpline providing housing advice

You can also receive support around housing, education, crime, employment, training, and drugs from the following organisations:

  • Barnet Foyer: 020 7430 2212
  • Outreach Barnet: 020 3115 1185

A short term support service that works with people who have housing related support needs.

  • New Horizon Youth Centre: 0207 388 5560 (General info)
    • 0207 388 5570 (Youth work)
    • 0207 388 5580 (Advice)

Youth day centre that makes referrals to hostels and shelters.

  • Centrepoint: Provides a range of housing for homeless young people.
  • Talk to Frank: Advice and information on drugs and their affects.
  • Victim support: Advice and support for victims of crime.
  • Shelter: Advice and support around housing and homelessness.