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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Problems living at home or with parents

Living at home can be tough, especially if you aren't getting on with the people you live with. It's tempting to want to move out, but living on your own or with strangers has challenges too. Get help or advice if you aren't safe at home. 

If you’re having problems at home you may feel like you’ve no option but to leave. Go to someone you trust for help. Contact the Housing Executive or your social worker, if you have one, for a place to stay.

As you grow up, there will be times when you won't always see eye to eye with your parents or guardians. However, if you're having problems living at home, moving out is not the only option.You may be able to resolve any issues you're having with your parents if you can set up ground rules and follow these.

There are a number of things to think about when you’re moving out of home or leaving care for the first time. If you can, try to plan and prepare before moving out. 

Young people, and especially young people leaving care, can be at an increased risk of homelessness and of being exploited because they are homeless. Social Services and the Housing Executive share responsibility for looking after young people who are homeless. There are different responsibilities, depending on your age and how long you've been in care, but these organisations should work together to find you somewhere to live.