Housing rules for children in care ‘discriminate’ against 16 and 17-year-olds, charity says

The current care system is not working and is leaving children a risk – with around two dozen aged between 16 and 17 dying as a result – a charity has claimed.

Article 39 says it is so concerned it has now gone to court to convince the government to extend legal protections for children in care beyond the age of 16 to 18. 

Isabelle Kirkham from St Helens was in foster care for seven years she was given a choice to move into shared accommodation, or go back to her family at 16 years old.

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Written by Finley T.