At what age can I leave
Unless you feel unsafe at home you should stay
there until you are fully prepared to move out.
If you are under 16 you are
not legally allowed to leave home unless there are serious problems
such as violence or abuse. If this is the case contact
Children’s Social Care (see below for contact details) or your
Connexions Personal Advisor (see below for contact details)
If you are 16 or 17 you need a parent or
guardian's consent before you leave the family home, unless you are
at risk of harm or are in physical danger where it would not be
safe to remain in your present accommodation.
If you are 18 or over you do not need
permission to live independently, but be aware that reasonably
priced accommodation is very hard to find so it is important that
you plan any move carefully with support.
You might want to live somewhere different
from where you are now. Before you make any plans it is a
good idea to talk to someone first.
Living with friends
Some young people move out of home and
stay with friends. Often this happens after an argument or a
relationship breakdown. You can end up moving from place to
place or 'sofa surfing'. This can provide time for you to
sort out problems at home, but beware of outstaying your
welcome. Without a settled address you will have problems
with benefits, employment, education and things like cooking,
laundry and friends coming round. If you do not have any
income or benefits you may not be able to give a contribution for
your bed and food.
Many people's first home is rented from
a private landlord. You nearly always have to pay rent in advance
and a deposit before you can move in. Most tenancies are for
6 or 12 months, but can be extended. If you are under 18 you
will have real problems finding somewhere, as legally you cannot
hold a tenancy. If you are under 25 and on a low income the
amount of Housing Benefit you can claim is limited, and it is
unlikely you will be able to afford your own self contained
Peterborough City Council can, in some
instances, provide an interest free loan to help people pay for a
deposit on a private tenancy. This is a limited fund and not
everyone will be eligible. In order to qualify for this rent
deposit loan you will need to be over 18 years old, meet certain
criteria and be interviewed by a Housing Options Officer.
Housing associations are 'non-profit'
organisations that provide housing for rent. There are a few
of these in Peterborough but you need to apply through Peterborough
City Council Housing Options at Bayard Place.
Foyers are a safe place to live with personal
support, training and employment advice. They offer young
people the chance to escape the 'no home, no job' cycle, enabling
them to develop new skills and confidence. Peterborough Foyer
is conveniently situated near to Peterborough Regional College with
accommodation for up to 49 young people between the ages of 16 and
25. You need to be referred by Peterborough City Council
Direct Access Hostels
At present, there are two direct access
hostels in Peterborough. This means that if you have no where to
stay, you can approach these hostels yourself to see if they have
any rooms available. The hostels are shared facilities and
there is a charge for staying at this accommodation.
The New Haven - 21 Towler Street, Peterborough, PE1
Tel : 01733-554858 (17 years old and over)
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Time Stop - 101
Wellington Street, Eastfield, Peterborough, PE1 5DU
Tel : 01733-891891 (16 to 25 year olds
Look at this page on
our site for help for homeless
people from Peterborough City Council