Youth Homelessness in the North East – June 2018

2018 is a landmark year seeing the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act which marks a step change in Government thinking in their efforts to end homelessness by placing a greater focus on prevention to a wider group of people. We have also had new guidance issued aimed at improving responses to young people who are particularly vulnerable in the revision of joint statutory guidance for responses to 16 and 17-year olds (MHCLG), the ‘Leavers Accommodation and Support Framework’ (Barnardo’s and St Basils) and the ‘Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway’ (St Basils).

It is early days for most of this guidance, however we have passed one quarter under HRA and we would like to find out how the initial phase of implementation is impacting on services and responses to homelessness. The 2017 reported positively that youth homelessness in the region has been stabilising over the past two years, will that continue into 2018?

The 2017 survey report also evidenced a massive increase in the number of young people with mental health needs, overtaking the previously held (2012 – 2016) highest need of ‘lack of independent living skills’. Will this be the same in 2018 or have services responded to meet the mental health needs of young people?

The YHNE survey is unique in providing the only regional picture of youth homelessness reporting on scale, causes, needs, gaps and trends. Last year we had responses from 10 out of the 12 local authorities; we would like to encourage responses from all 12 authorities to give us the best regional data. Year on year responses from the Third Sector have reduced. In order to have a full picture of youth homelessness it is imperative to gather data from Third Sector providers as well as local authorities. We also welcome responses from Housing Associations who are providing housing and support services within the region.

There are two surveys, one for local authorities and one for Third Sector providers and Housing Associations. Findings from the research will be analysed and a report covering trends, gaps and recommendations will be produced by Northumbria University. The report will be presented at a seminar in the autumn. Further details will be circulated nearer the time. The report will also be widely circulated and available to download on the YHNE website.

As with previous years to ensure comparative data is produced, the survey requests data for the month of February and across the previous year. To complete the survey please click on the appropriate link below. The links will take you to the survey and you will be directed through the process, once you have completed the survey please remember to press submit which will save your completed survey. Please remember not to press the submit button until you have completed the survey.

To ensure consistency of data, please can you ensure a single respondent for data coming from your local authority.

Please find below links for the surveys and pdfs so that you can review the questions in advance of completing the surveys. The surveys have a ‘finish later’ option too.

Local Authorities
(Download a pdf version HERE)

Third Sector and Housing Associations
(Download a pdf version HERE)

Given a continuous period of reduced capacity and resources across local authorities and sector providers we would like to express our appreciation for your support in continuing to support us in gathering the data necessary to ensure in this region we have the fullest picture possible of youth homelessness to inform responses to end youth homelessness going forward.

Please can you complete and submit the survey by close of play on Friday 27 July after which we will begin to collate responses. Thank you in advance for your participation.

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