‘There was a lot of needles and violence’
Homeless teenagers sent to live alone in B&Bs by councils
Dan became homeless at 16 and went to Newport council for help. He was placed in a “scary and intense” B&B in the Welsh city for two nights before being moved to a large adult hostel for six weeks, where he was surrounded by much older drug and alcohol users. “It was awful. Very dingy. The bathroom was disgusting, there were needles all over the place,” he said. “There was a lot of noise, violence, police coming back and forth constantly.”
He had nowhere to wash clothes or to shower. “I had to go to the leisure centre to use the showers.”
No one from the council or social services, he said, came to see him while he was at the hostel. “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.” Newport city council said it was reviewing its procedures as a result of Dan’s case. It said it should have supported him sooner. “However, given the demands on accommodation for homeless individuals and families with young children, it is unlikely that the outcomes for Daniel in that emergency period after he came to the council for help would have been different,” it said.