Can children’s services provide accommodation or help a family with housing costs?
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Where a child has been assessed as a child in need, children’s services have the power to provide financial assistance and accommodation (section 17(6) Children Act 1989). In appropriate situations, they may use this power to help a family access accommodation by paying a deposit and rent in advance. Or they could provide help to meet a rent shortfall after housing benefit. If the family is homeless, the power may be used to help fund accommodation for the child with their family. What, if any help, is offered will depend on the situation and the local threshold document.
For more information about help with housing contact a specialist housing advice service. See our Useful links page for details.