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'I was sofa surfing for two years' - homeless teenager

21 June 2013 Last updated at 11:02 BST

Homeless teenagers are being failed by their councils and placed in housing unsuitable for vulnerable young people, according to research.

A study by homeless charity Home Lesslink found 16 and 17 year olds were not always properly assessed or supported by local authorities with some ending up in B&Bs or shared accommodation with adults, exposing them to potential exploitation.

Nineteen-year-old Max, who became homeless at 16, told BBC Breakfast he was never referred to social services.