Hosts provide a room in their home for young people in the ELAN service. Hosts are recruited, trained and vetted by CAYSH and associated agencies and provide family-home support while CAYSH staff provide the support and assessment package.
Hosts are householders who have made a room in their home available for this service along with agreeing to provide support within a family-home setting. Hosts enter the scheme through an application process that requires them to successfully undergo training and rigorous assessment by CAYSH, DBS checks on other residents and regular visitors and HHSRA checks on their accommodation.
Hosts’ ability to provide family-home support to young people from diverse backgrounds that have recently experienced family breakdown is tested thoroughly before they become active. Local councils may also undertake further checks including Environmental Health, Tenancy Relations and Social Services checks.
CAYSH has Hosts across London. While we only recruit hosts who are open to all young people, we try where possible to match people in the service and their hosts for the benefit of young people. Matching can't be guaranteed - and is by no means a way to guarantee successful outcomes - but by having Hosts from different backgrounds and council areas we are often able to achieve this. Hosts are paid for their part in this service as well as receiving rent income for their room.