Youth Housing Charter


Youth Housing Charter   

In 2010, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published ‘A young people’s charter on housing’  The Charter was brought to the attention of Youth Homeless NE by Durham Local Authority who are keen to see a similar Charter produced from the perspective of young people who have experienced homelessness and those at risk of homelessness.

A ‘task and finish’ group was established to progress this work; members include Durham Local Authority and two of our Regional Champions, Moving On and the Youth Independence Forum (Your Homes Newcastle). Our Regional Champions are involved to facilitate the active involvement of young people in determining the process, carrying out the research and producing a final Youth Housing Charter. The Charter has been informed by young people from across the region through our other Regional Champions and Barnardos Participation Team.

The Charter expresses the housing experiences, needs and aspirations of homeless young people and inform YHNE Regional Youth Housing Strategy. The Youth Housing Charter has been adopted by Durham Local Authority Housing Solutions Team, we are now working to ensure the Charter is adopted by all North East local authorities and wider service providers.

The Youth Housing Charter is available to download here


To gauge the local impact of the charter, we wanted it to be evaluated by a group of young people using a youth inspector approach and supported by Sunderland Youth Inspectors, Your Homes Newcastle and YHNE.  Young people were trained by Sunderland Youth Inspectors, Youth Homeless North East and Your Homes Newcastle. Read the evaluation report here.

The findings and recommendations from the evaluation directly influenced a revised YHNE Youth Housing Charter in 2016. View the full revised charter here.



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