Young people and homelessness

Catch22 and Missing People are launching a research project exploring the link between gang involvement and running away from home. As part of the research project they are running an online consultation for professionals working with young people in England. To take part visit

Action for Children have published  the report Too Much, Too Young, based on research with young people and practitioners and focusing on young people at greatest risk of poor housing outcomes and homelessness, including 16 and 17 year olds and those young people who have complex needs, such as poor mental health, behavioural difficulties, and disabilities. Key findings include that:

  • The most vulnerable young people experience the highest levels of instability and uncertainty;
  • Emotional wellbeing should be the starting point. Without it, practical support is not enough for the most vulnerable young people;
  • Young people need long-lasting relationships they can trust, to help them manage living independently and bounce back when things go wrong;
  • Returning home or maintaining links with birth family can be complicated; and
  • Every part of the state and its services takes some responsibility to behave as a good corporate parent but too often, systems not designed for vulnerable young people leaving care create more instability.

To download the full report visit