'I went through a difficult period in my life and I was constantly arguing with my parents. I was skipping school and also stealing money from my mum. When my father found me drunk one night, my parents decided that they had had enough, and kicked me out of home. I couch-surfed at friend’s places until eventually I ran out of options. One day, in desperation, I was caught stealing by the local police. I was cautioned and then the police put me in contact with a local youth service who were able to find me a stable accommodation. I’m doing much better now and my parents and I are working things out. I’m looking forward to moving back home again.' – Brian, 17
All children and young people must have access to a safe, non-judgmental home and place – a comfortable place they identify with and belong to. Home and place should be an environment that promotes growth and fosters positive development.