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Supported lodging for a young person leaving care

Information for people who are interested in offering accommodation to young care leavers.

About the scheme

Supported Lodgings Providers (SLPs) provide space in their home for care experienced young adults aged 18-21 years. Arrangements can extend to 25 years if the young adult is in full-time education.

The service aims to enhance young adult's life skills, provide practical and emotional support and be a steppingstone towards independent living.

To apply to become a registered SLP, applicants need to:

  • live in, or close to Lewisham.
  • have a spare room.
  • be interested in supporting young adults' transition from care to independent living
  • have time to offer 10 hours per week of dedicated support, for example, helping with budgeting or meal preparation.

How to become a provider

All SLP applicants must attend preparation training and complete an assessment with a Lewisham social worker to establish if they are suitable for the role. If this is successful, they are presented to Lewisham’s Fostering panel to recommend their approval as a registered SLP for Lewisham Children and Young People’s Service. 

SLPs receive a weekly fee when providing a full-time placement for a young adult, currently at £255.00 per week. Young adults will have their own income. 

All Lewisham SLPs receive support from the scheme coordinator. They need to be available to meet the coordinator at minimum every 6 weeks, attend support group meetings and complete at least three training courses per year. 

If you are interested in being an SLP or require further information, please make email: fosteringrecruitment@lewisham.gov.uk or by phone on 0800 015 0129.


Supported Lodgings