Date lodged: 31 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it had with care-experienced young people before allocating resources to its rough sleeping and homelessness action fund.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 7 November 2017
The Scottish Government has regular engagement with young people who have experienced homelessness, including young people who have experience of care, and funds a national service user involvement co-ordinator to ensure the views of those that have experienced homelessness inform our approach.
I have had a series of meetings with young people following the Rock Trust’s youth homelessness conference in May 2017, including engagement about the provision of housing options services by local authorities to young people who they have looked after.
The involvement of young people that have experienced homelessness, including those with experience of care, will be an important part of the work of the short term Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, which will also make recommendations on the use of the Ending Homelessness Together Fund.
As well as the Action Group, we will continue to work with local authorities and other partners through the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group in the longer term, and this Group will wish to give consideration to what actions will be required as a result of the outcome of the current Independent Care Review.