Communities and Local Government Homelessness Inquiry response

Read our response to the House of Commons' Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into homelessness. The responses focuses on the experiences of homeless 16 and 17 year olds, the consequences of welfare reform for families at risk of homelessness and the experience of homeless migrant families and children.

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Richard Crellin
Policy and lobbying
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Getting the house in order: Keeping older teenagers safe

Every year 12,000 young people aged 16 and 17 go to their local authority for help because they have nowhere to live. These young people often come from difficult circumstances and have complex lives. Sometimes they appear to be confident young adults, at other times timid children.

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March 2015
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On your own now: the risks of unsuitable accommodation for older teenagers

On your own now: the risks of unsuitable accommodation for older teenagers

This report looks at the risks facing 16 and 17 year olds when they are placed in accommodation intended to prepare them to live independently as adults.


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September 2015
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Not just a temporary fix: Durable solutions for separated migrant children

Separated migrant children are  those children who have become  separated from their parents or  carers once outside their country  of origin. Many of these children arrive in this country from abroad requiring support and care from the immigration and  welfare systems in this country.

This report highlights that a focus on addressing the immediate safety and stability of these children means their long-term needs are often forgotten about or avoided altogether

It calls for these children to have a ‘durable solution’ – a  lasting outcome which  addresses all of their  needs, considers their  own view and leads to  the child successfully transitioning into adulthood,  whether they remain in  England or return to their  country of origin.

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August 2015
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'I don't feel human': Experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants

This report was prompted by a noticeable increase in the number of destitute young peope accessing our services. The risks facing these children when they are destitute are acute and need to be addressed urgently by local and central government agencies.

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