Young people between 16 and 25 are at greater risk of homelessness, particularly those leaving care, and are more vulnerable when they are homeless. They can be at risk of homelessness for a number of reasons, including a lack of life-skills and relationship breakdowns with their families. However, lots of work is being done to prevent and tackle youth homelessness across the country.
Centrepoint's Youth Homelessness Index identified eight risk or trigger factors that make young people vulnerable to homelessness and/or directly cause them to become homeless:
Homeless Link's Young and Homeless report draws together findings from a survey of homelessness agencies and local authority housing options teams in November 2011 to investigate the extent of and nature of youth homelessness in England.
We have also published a short briefing with key statistics on young people and homelessness.
On 1 April 2010 DCSF and CLG published revised statutory guidance for children's services authorities and local housing authorities about their respective duties under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989 and Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 to secure or provide accommodation for homeless 16 and 17 year old children, following the judgment by the House of Lords in the case of R(G) v London Borough of Southwark (2009). View the guidance here.
For full information on duties towards homeless 16 and 17 year olds, see the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities (2006).
In 2010, Shelter produced a new film on the rights of homeless 16 and 17 year olds. View it here.
In 2010 Homeless Link and Centrepoint produced a joint briefing about how Local Authorities and ther partners can ensure young people who are homeless receive the support they are entitled to around Education and Training.
The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has launched a new microsite for integrated working, offering a range of free resources to help practitioners work together. This includes tools and guidance such as: