New centre aimed at reducing youth homelessness is opening in Scotland
- 04 Apr
A new resource centre aimed and stopping family arguments and youth arguments has been announced to launch across Scotland.
The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution is aiming to provide families with support and advice on how to solve any conflicts. Experts believe that mediation services are the most effective way of stopping young people leaving the family home, resulting in homelessness.
Figures show that almost 6,000 young people become homeless in Scotland each year due relationship breakdowns between their family and themselves. Research reveals that 61% of young people said arguments happen at home at least once a week and 25% of young people consider leaving home at least monthly, reports the BBC.
The SCCR has been established by Edinburgh's Cyrenians charity and is being funded by the Scottish government. Research undertaken by Edinburgh's Cyrenians charity has suggested that although mediation is the most effective way in dealing with these issues, families feel that they don't know how to deal with the arguments which can lead to young people walking out of their family home.
Due to the result of these findings, this new initiative will be open to families across Scotland and will promoted via numerous campaigns.
MSP Aileen Campbell believed the centre could help young people avoid "the nightmare of homelessness". She said: "We cannot underestimate the impact an initiative like the new Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution can have in reducing family conflict - and in helping young people avoid homelessness because of family breakdown. Early intervention is critical in helping keep families together, supporting young people and their loved ones and ultimately improving their life chances."
Tam Baillie, Scotland's commissioner for children and young people, also backed the new centre. I spent many years working with homeless young people. I know from experience the difficulties for young people once they have entered the homeless system and the value of preventing it happening in the first place. It is widely accepted that prevention is a more cost effective way to deliver services, and for young people it could also be a way to save the grief and heartache that comes from starting off their adult life in a position of being homeless."
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