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I'm homeless mother kicked me out 2 weeks ago I've been

sleeping on buses and unpleasant places 17 black young male and I went to the council they never helped me truly they just sent a social worker to my house but  he didn't take the matter serious police have also got involved and my mum said she don't want me in her house

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Hi there,

Whatever the reason, being homeless and sleeping rough is really hard. It can mean not having enough to eat or drink, not being able to wash yourself or your clothes, having no money or credit on your phone, being attacked or mugged, and feeling lonely and cut off from other people. It’s important to understand your rights and options and to find somewhere safe to stay as soon as you can.

Even though you are 17 and old enough to leave home if you want to, you should be looked after by your parents and provided with a home until you’re 18. If it’s not possible for you and your mum to live together, social services and other agencies have to step in to help you find somewhere suitable and safe to live.

You did the right thing by going to your local council for help, although it sounds as though you didn’t get what you needed. One option is to get back in touch with your local social services and explain that you’re still homeless. If you know the name of the social worker who came to your house, you could ask to speak to him, or you can speak to any social worker on duty.

Another option is to contact an organisation like Foyer who can help young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless. You can search for your local Foyer and then contact them to find out how you can get help.

You can also get in touch with Shelter for practical support and advice about anything to do with housing and being homeless. You can search the Shelter advice finder for advice services near you. Get Connected will chat to you about your situation and help you explore options. They also offer a free, one-off connection to another service. This means they can put you through to other services that could help you when you call them. This can be a big help if you don’t have much credit on your phone.

Childline is a free, confidential service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our counsellors are always available to chat on 0800 111. You can also send an email or log on for a 1-2-1 chat. If you want to explore options, get some help or just talk about how you’re feeling, then please get in touch. If you’re ever in immediate danger, call 999.

Take care,

Need help straight away?

You can talk privately to a counsellor online or call 0800 1111 for free.

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