Research 'This is no place for a child': The experiences of homeless families in emergency accommodation

By: Jenny Pennington and Catharine Banks  Published: October 2015


Summary

The devastating results of the housing shortage are now being felt by over a hundred thousand children. At the end of June 2015, 105,000 children were homeless in Great Britain - the equivalent of four in every school

The number of homeless children is rising and there is a shortage of suitable homes. Because of this, more and more homeless families are forced to spend time in bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) and hostel accommodation, where families have to share facilities with others. Almost 10,000 homeless children live this way in Britain.

This report draws on the latest government statistics and interviews with twenty families who shared their experiences about living and raising their children in B&Bs and hostels. The research tells the stories of homeless children, their living situation, how it affects their day to day life, their health, their wellbeing, their education and their childhood.

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