Allow direct contact between under 16s and sources of help

Allow direct contact between under 16s and sources of help

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Stephen Oliver started this petition to Andy McDonald (MP)

In the current legislation, Social Services, charitable organisations and homelessness services can not facilitate help with under 16s who have been kicked out of home, or left for various reasons (i.e violence, substance abuse etc). This is due to the requirement of parental consent for contact with children under 16. In extreme cases this can lead to children being on the streets for extended periods of time and turning to criminal behaviour in order to fund their basic needs.

I propose that in extreme situations such as homelessness, victims of abuse or neglect, that children should be able to have direct contact with social workers, charities, homelessness services and psychological professionals without parental consent if necessary.

I propose that services should be allowed to provide help to young people under 16 (and be designed for them specifically if necessary as mixing adults and children in homelessness services, even only temporary ones, can be dangerous). I feel that providing a bed for the night for under 16s while social services are investigating the situation would not only benefit the individuals who require this, but also the wider community as it would see a decline in youth offending rates for crimes such as burglary, robbery, breaking and entering etc, as well as begging.

If parliament were to change the legality around teenagers accessing help, it would allow for more positive changes to be made for vulnerable young people in need of help.

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