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Regulating services for care leavers

St Christopher’s is delighted to be sharing feedback from APEX inspections at our 16+ services showcasing the brilliant practice and support on offer to homeless young people and care leavers.

The APEX inspections include feedback from young people, staff and other stakeholders, as well as reviews of paperwork, recording and compliance.

Semi-independent housing for care leavers is not regulated in the UK. However, St Christopher’s believes that all children and young people deserve safe, high quality homes. We welcome the opportunity to learn from the inspection’s findings and improve our work.

That’s why we inspect all of our 16+ homes every year.

The inspector identified areas of good or outstanding practice in all of our 16+ homes, with particular commendations for how we support young people to engage with the community, sustain education, training and employment, and stay in touch with our services after they move onto independence.

'Being here made me think there is a future and these people will help you get to that future.'
Lian, young person in APEX inspection report

Geneva Ellis, Director of Corporate Services, said: “There is some fantastic feedback in the inspection reports. It is clear that our 16+ teams are providing caring, personalised support for young people living in our homes that is helping to prepare them for adulthood.”