Standard letter templates
These standard letters can be adapted and used when helping young people with housing problems.
This letter can be adapted and used to refer a young person to the council’s children social services department for an assessment of needs. The referral should be acknowledged within one day of receipt and the assessment should conclude within 45 days.
This letter can be adapted and either given to the client to take to the council, or posted or faxed to the council. If the council does not contact you to confirm receipt, the letter can be followed up with a phone call.
Remember to ensure that the council receives this letter within 21 days of the young person being notified of the decision. If this is not possible, add details of the reason for the delay; the council will then have to decide whether to exercise its discretion to accept the late request for the review. If the council does not contact you to confirm receipt, the letter can be followed up with a phone call.
This letter should be sent when gathering evidence about a young personâ€™s situation. Some organisations (for example GPs) may make a charge for providing letters; it is often worth asking them to waive any charge.
This is a standard form of authority which can be adapted and used to obtain a young person’s authorisation to act on her/his behalf. The form should be sent when sending any of the letters above.