Joint Working Protocol for Young People


The Joint Working Protocol for Young People has been developed in partnership by Kent County Council (KCC) and the twelve District and Borough Councils across Kent, reflecting the changes in legislation and commissioned services by the County Council, as well as combining two former protocols; Provision of Accommodation for Care Leavers and Addressing the Needs of Homeless Young People aged 16 and 17 in Kent. In addition it has been developed with due regard to the joint guidance published by the MHCLG and Department for Education, ‘Prevention of homelessness and provision of accommodation for 16 and 17-year-old young people who may be homeless and/or require accommodation’.

This is a protocol for professionals, with a commitment to develop clear guidance for young people through the production of an information leaflet and has been developed with support from young people that have experienced a joint approach in addressing accommodation needs.
“Strategic planning approaches will need to be reflected at an operational level through protocols. These should identify the timing and mechanisms by which key professionals come together with young people to help to identify their needs and to plan individualised support packages.”

The purpose of this protocol is to guide each relevant organisation on the approach to supporting young people aged 16 and 17 and care leavers (18+) in an agreed and transparent way, this includes promoting the responsibility of all professionals to ensure that the young people who are being assisted can have access to inclusive independent advice, that will enable them to make informed decisions and choices across all elements of their life.

There are two appendix documents (7 and 8) along with the leaflet developed for a young person to read through to view and download.

Attached Documents

Document TitleSize
Joint Working Protocol For Young People (November 2020)955Kb
Final Care Leaver Pathway Flow Chart (Appendix 8)509Kb
Final Child in Need Pathway Flow Chart (Appendix 7)578Kb
Final Young Persons Protocol Information Leaflet619Kb