Influencing local and regional policy

Shelter’s Children’s Service had Regional Children’s Co-ordinators based in Liverpool, Newcastle, London and Bristol. They worked with local and regional partners across England to improve outcomes for children, families and under 18s who are living independently.

Raising awareness of homelessness and its impact on children

It is beyond doubt that bad housing has a detrimental impact on children’s health, education and behaviour, making it harder for them to fulfil their potential. Their school attendance and educational achievement may be affected and they are at greater risk of accident or injury, and physical and mental ill health.

Information on how Health and Wellbeing Boards could ensure that they take the needs of homeless and badly housed children and young people into consideration in their planning and commissioning activities can be found here.

One of the key objectives of our Regional Children’s Co-ordinators was to raise awareness amongst professionals in children’s services of the impact of homelessness and poor housing on children and families. We coordinated housing information workshops across the country to support staff working within local authorities and partner agencies, and produced a series of publications aimed at professional audiences.

Highlighting good practice

Our Regional Children’s Co-ordinators worked with regional and local Government to identify and highlight good practice in joint working between housing and children’s services, which can reduce child homelessness and the impact it has on vulnerable children and families.

We produced Improving outcomes for children and young people in housing need, a benchmarking guide for joint working between services, which sets out Shelter’s model for effective joint working between housing and children’s services, and guidance on implementing our recommendations.

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Information on how Health and Wellbeing Boards might ensure that they take the needs of homeless and badly housed children into consideration.

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