A new report has exposed the lack of care given to homeless teenagers.
The Children’s Society found that some 12,000 homeless 16 and 17 year olds ask their local council for help each year.
It said that just one in 12 are treated properly in line with government guidance. The vast majority are failed.
And more than four in five homeless teenagers do not receive accommodation.
The report also found that half are never properly assessed.
The Children’s Society noted that councils are breaking the law when failing to assess them properly.
More than 8,000 homeless teenagers are sent home to their parents without any support to prevent abuse or neglect.
And of the small number who receive accommodation, most are not given the financial and personal support that they are legally entitled to.