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Young person told to leave home or homeless

Young person told to leave home or homeless

Help and advice if you’re a young person who is homeless or needs to leave home

If you don’t feel safe at home

If you need to leave home right now because someone is being violent or abusive, there are organisations who can help you. 

They may be able to find you a safe place to go:

  • Childline: 0800 1111. Free 24 hour support helpline for children and young people
  • Womens Aid: 0808 2000 247. Free 24 hour helpline for victims of domestic violence
  • Shelterline: 0808 800 4444. Free 24 hour helpline giving information on housing
  • Bristol City Council’s Homeless Prevention Team: 0117 352 6800

The Hide Out has information on domestic abuse against young people.

If you’re having problems at home    

If you’re having arguments, or you’re not getting on with the people you live with, you should:

  • talk to someone you trust, such as friends, other members of your family, or a teacher at school or college
  • try to find somewhere to stay for a few nights so you and your family can have a bit of time away from each other

If you’re 16 to 21

If you’re 16 to 21 and you’re homeless or you’ve been told to leave your home, you should contact Bristol Youth MAPS

They’ll talk to you about your situation, and together you’ll make a plan for what you can do next.

In some situations Bristol MAPS may find you somewhere else to live.

If you’re still in your family home, they may also arrange to meet up with you and your family to help you all talk about the problems you’re having.  This is called mediation.

Your situation may feel bad but if you leave your family home without being prepared, you may find yourself in a worse situation. You may also find it difficult to carry on with your education. Talk to someone before you make any decisions.

Read our help pack

We have a help pack for young people who have been told to leave by a parent or relative (pdf, 86k) (opens new window)

It has practical ideas which may help you and your family find a solution so you don’t have to leave home. 

If you’re over 21

If you’re over 21, worried about becoming homeless and you have a support worker, you should contact them about your situation. 

If you don’t have a support worker or anyone else to talk to, have a look at our help pack. It has practical ideas that might help you.

If this doesn’t help you, visit our Citizen Service Point and ask to speak to someone about your housing situation.

Find out what happens when you tell us you’re homeless

Finding you somewhere to live

We can't help many young people over the age of 21 get their own home. If we do find you somewhere to live, it will probably be shared accommodation.

If you’re pregnant or have a child 

If you have a support worker or GP, speak to them first. 

If you don’t have a support worker, visit our Citizen Service Point and ask to speak to someone about your housing situation.

You can also contact:

The Bristol Young Parents Alliance gives housing advice to 16 to 24 year old pregnant women, and young mums or dads with children up to three years old.

Deciding to leave home

Leaving your family home should be the last thing that you consider, especially if you have nowhere to go. You could easily end up homeless.

You probably won't be entitled to a council home, so you may have to find a deposit and rent to move into private accommodation.

Get advice before you decide and don't rush into anything.