Homeless Link has published its latest Young and Homeless report, funded by Land Aid and Comic Relief. 

In summary, the top three support needs of the young people that participated in the research were: not being in education employment or training (44%), a lack of independent living skills (41%) and mental health problems (35%). Despite the prevalence of mental health issues, 63% of respondents said there were significant barriers to young people accessing mental health services. 

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Young people with experiences of homelessness are one of the most vulnerable groups in society and continue to make up approximately half of the people accessing homelessness services in England.

For the past seven years, Homeless Link’s national study on youth homelessness has provided crucial evidence to inform policy and practice. By exploring key trends in youth homelessness and the availability and nature of accommodation options and support, this sixth edition of our Young and Homeless report makes an important contribution to the evidence base on youth homelessness in England.

Young people in England today face numerous challenges, which can potentially impact their transition to independence and adulthood, such as a disproportional risk of poverty and destitution, reductions in welfare benefit entitlements, and discrimination in the housing and labour markets.

Certain young people may be especially affected by these factors and, therefore, particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Some examples are care leavers, young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, and those unable to remain with their family and/or primary caregiver.

Within this challenging context, it is particularly important that we understand how to respond to youth homelessness and aim to prevent it.

This report outlines the findings from surveys with 188 homelessness services and local authorities across England and in-depth interviews with 25 young people who have experienced homelessness. The report explores the nature and causes of youth homelessness, the available support and best practice, and provides critical evidence to inform local and national government responses. It includes findings on several under researched areas, such as factors affecting family relationship breakdown, mediation services, and young women’s experiences

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