Youth Homelessness in the North East – Survey Report 2016


This report outlines the findings of the fifth year of Youth Homeless North East’s (YHNE) annual survey of youth homelessness. The survey aims to establish the nature, extent and causes of youth homelessness in the North East and identify how the wider social, political and economic context is impacting on the experiences of young people and levels and the nature of service provision over time.

Key findings

  • Both local authorities and providers reported decreases in the number of homeless young people engaged with in February 2016, compared to February 2015.
  • The most common characteristics of homeless young people in the region were young people aged 16-17 and young parents/pregnant young people. Reported levels of homelessness among care leavers and offenders were lower than expected in light of the national averages and previous survey results.
  • The most common needs of young people (in addition to housing needs) supported by local authorities and providers were: lack of independent living skills, not being in education, training or employment and mental health problems. Poor mental health among young people appears to be more prevalent than in February 2015.
  • Family mediation, resolving housing benefit problems and crisis interventions providing emergency support were most frequently cited as effective prevention activities.

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