Section 115 - Support for category 6 young people and former category 6 young people
324.Section 115 requires a local authority to consider whether specified conditions are met by young persons who are category 6 young persons or certain former category 6 young persons, to determine the extent and nature of its obligations to provide support to such young persons. The conditions (specified in subsection (2)) are that the young person needs support; and for those who fall within the definition of a category 6 young person by virtue of section 104(3)(b) to (e), that whoever was looking after the young person does not have the necessary facilities to advise or befriend them. If these conditions apply then the local authority must advise or befriend the young person and may provide support.
325.Subsection (5) sets out the type of support that may be provided by a local authority. Support can take the form of contributing to expenses incurred by the category 6 young person to enable them to live near their place of work or where they will be seeking employment or where they are or will be receiving education or training. The local authority may also make a grant to enable the young person to meet expenses connected with their education or training; or by providing accommodation in other circumstances. Support may be in kind or in cash.
326.Subsection (7) gives a local authority power to disregard any interruption in the young person’s programme of education if it is satisfied that the young person will resume the programme as soon as reasonably practicable.
327.Subsection (8) requires the local authority to provide accommodation during the vacation for a category 6 young person who is pursuing full-time further or higher education when their term-time accommodation is unavailable. If accommodation is not provided then the local authority must provide the young person with enough money to secure the accommodation needed.
328.This section restates provision made in sections 24A and 24B of the Children Act 1989.