Engaging with homeless children - Guidance for education professionals

By: Sharon Parker  Published: May 2008


This briefing identifies best practice for education professionals who want to engage with homeless children.

Summary

Shelter's Young Persons Team have researched and written this briefing, which identifies the issues faced by homeless children and children living in temporary housing.

It looks at the actions and initiatives that some education professionals currently use to ensure that children experiencing housing issues remain in school and learning, such as volunteering basic skills tutoring support and local transport schemes, designed to ensure that children placed in temporary accommodation remain able to attend school. 

The briefing also looks at ways in which the school can engage with the child and ways in which it can ensure that children experiencing homelessness are treated fairly at school, and not unduly punished for behaviour which is attributable to their housing situations.

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