An appeal has been made for people to come forward to act as foster carers.
Lancashire County Council is currently recruiting new foster carers to support teenagers while they are unable to live with their families.
County councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We need foster carers to be good role models for young people, supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations, providing boundaries and helping them to feel good about themselves again.
“Some people may be apprehensive about the challenges of fostering teenagers but we have an excellent package of support to help foster carers in their role, including local support groups, flexible training, a dedicated social worker and out of hours support.
“All children in our care are different and so we need a broad range of foster carers to meet their needs. We will consider foster carers regardless of age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability or employment status.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering is encouraged to contact the county council’s friendly team on 0300 123 6723 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering