Young ‘ill-equipped’ for leaving the family home

'Young people are ill-equipped to move into their own homes'
'Young people are ill-equipped to move into their own homes'
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PARENTS hoping for a quiet life after their children fly the nest may be in for a shock, as a study showed Yorkshire’s young people still feel the need to call home every day after moving out.

The charity Action for Children said its research showed that many young people across Yorkshire feel ill-equipped to deal with life on their own. One in three of the 16 to 24 year-olds questioned said they phone their parents every day after moving out of the family home, with 40 per cent saying that living away from the parental home is more difficult than they expected.

Managing bills and being able to support themselves financially was the biggest concern, for 43 per cent, while four out of ten said they were worried about being lonely. Dealing with the everyday realities of living alone, such as cooking and cleaning, and dealing with households problems and repairs, each concerned 29 per cent.

The research comes as the charity warns that the situation is far worse for the most vulnerable young people, who often do not have the skills and support network to live independently.

Action for Children’s director of children’s services across Yorkshire, Carol Iddon, said: “For many young people, moving out of the family home can be an exciting and intrepid first step to independence, with the added advantages of parents who can provide emotional, practical and financial support.

“For the young people Action for Children supports, living independently at a young age is often not a choice, nor does it come with a parental safety net. Their situation is often compounded by having no support network to help them in times of need, and they are often at real risk of losing their home.”

Action for Children works with young people who may have left the care system or who have suffered family breakdowns to live independently.

Ms Iddon added: “A home is not simply a roof over your head. It should also be the place where you feel happy, safe and loved. Helping youngsters with basic skills from budgeting to cooking and cleaning is vital in arming them with the tools to make their home what it should be.”