Just one in 12 young people facing homelessness receive support needed

  • A new report has found that only one in twelve teenagers facing homelessness is receiving the help they need from their local authority.

    The Children's Society has found that 12,000 young people aged between sixteen and seventeen turn to councils for housing support each year however many are failed due to a response that falls short of the government's guidance on the issues, reports 24dash. /images/briefing/padlock.jpg

    The report, 'Getting the house in order: Homelessness and 16- and 17-year-olds', found:

    •         Half of these vulnerable young people are never properly assessed in the first place

    •         Over 8,000 are sent home to their parents without any support being put in place to make sure they are not abused or neglected in their family homes

    •         Of the 2,800 who receive accommodation, 1,800 are accommodated without the proper financial and personal support that they are entitled to under law


    The report also found that the reasons behind teenagers' homelessness are complex:

    •         59% became homeless because their relationship with parent or carer had broken down

    •         12% had to move out because of relationships with friends, girlfriends or boyfriends

    •         12% because of violence in the home

    •         10% due to substance abuse

    •         10% because their family was financial difficulty

    Richard Crellin, from the Children's Society policy team, explained: "We know from our frontline work with 16- and 17-year-olds facing homelessness just how vulnerable they are. It is extremely concerning to see so many of them turned away without the support they need. For so many, placed in accommodation without support, or sent home to families where they may experience neglect and abuse they run the very serious risk of being sexually exploited or becoming involved in drugs or other criminal activity. What's worse is that so many of these children have already been failed by local services with at least half having been previously known to children's services. These teenagers have very complex lives which often further exacerbate their homelessness. With a history of involvement in services and specific sets vulnerabilities it is not enough to just send them home. Even if home is a safe place most of these teenagers will need extra support and resources to overcome a history of neglect."

    Commenting on the report, Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: "These are truly appalling figures. Homelessness is a horrifying experience for anyone, but it is especially damaging for young people, who are particularly vulnerable to violence, substance abuse and problems with mental and physical health. We know from our own research that half of all first-time homeless people are under-21, with the majority going through the experience again and again because they don't get the help they need. This is a tragic waste of young lives. We cannot continue to fail our young people in this way. Councils must carry out proper assessments of homeless people coming to them for help and fulfil their legal duty to house under 18s in decent, appropriate accommodation. At the same time, we need party leaders to review the support given to all single homeless people under the law."

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

Related articles

  • Read More

    New service to support homeless people in Birmingham

    A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year –...

  • Read More

    Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people

    Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside...

  • Read More

    The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles

    Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was £3,092,255 compared to £7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney...

  • Read More

    Two homelessness services to be investigated

    The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish...

  • Read More

    Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts

    Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work,...

  • Read More

    Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis

    Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year,...

  • Read More

    Newspaper office to become a centre for homeless people

    The old office for the Doncaster Free Press is being transformed into flats and other facilities for people who are homeless, reports Hold the Front Page. The building is being turned into...

  • Read More

    Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support

    Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the “devastating impact” of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.Over the past few...

  • Read More

    Concern that homelessness in Cambridge is at ‘tipping point’

    Not only do figures show a rise in quarterly numbers by 24 households, they also reveal that over 350 cases were placed in temporary accommodation over the last year, which was a rise of 50 cases on...

  • Read More

    Charities say Wales is “setting an example” for homelessness

    A joint report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has praised Welsh laws that are trying to address the issues of homelessness, reports the BBC.However they warn that the removal of...

Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Everything was extremely useful. I like to hear about the updated case law and how things are changing. Also like to hear other delegates examples and the responses to their difficulties. Support solutions are excellent. K.B- Jephson Housing Association


Briefing Signup