The cohabitation agreement must take into account and include the following: it is important that the local authority and the independent care provider, who remain, write in detail how the care periods become residence agreements. The good practice guide stresses that the approach to developing a written agreement must be “sensitive to the feelings of the parties concerned and proportionate to their particular circumstances”. It is important that the young person and their former caregiver understand what the cohabitation agreement is, its scope, who is responsible for the different elements of the agreement and that it is realistic and achievable. The Guidelines for Dependent Persons recommend that a “cohabitation agreement” be developed and agreed upon by all parties, i.e. the young person, the social worker or personal counsellor of the young person, the carers and the social worker assisting the nursing staff, before a residence agreement is concluded. However, the level of detail required depends on the individual circumstances and the relationship between the young person and the guardian(s). “Young people should already know the basic rules of the family: if they don`t, it`s a problem.” Young Man This chapter is part of our Staying Put Guidance….