Research and Publications


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No Excuses: Preventing Homelessness for the Next Generation 

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Produced by Homeless Link, of which Depaul UK is a member, No Excuses explores the causes of homelessness amongst 16 and 17 year olds,  its long-term impact on young adults and whether they are being effectively looked after and safeguarded by local authorities.

Click here to read the full report  

Click here to view the summary report


Making it Matter: Putting it into practice: help and guidance for commissioners, health and wellbeing boards and providers


Making it Matter guidance

New guidance developed from the Making it Matter report into improving the health outcomes of young homeless people published by DepaulUKand AstraZeneca's Young Health Programme offers practical advice and solutions based on the experiences of young homeless people.

This guidance will assist Health and Wellbeing Boards, commissioners and service providers to address the complex health needs of young homeless people.



Making it Matter: Improving the health of young homeless people

Making it Matter
A wide-ranging comparative review amongst over 380 homeless and non-homeless young people, this research shows that young homeless people experience significantly poorer health than their peers, are more likely to use emergency health services and face considerable barriers in accessing the care they need.
The initial focus of the three year partnership between Depaul UK and AstraZeneca was to gather evidence and obtain a clear picture of the health and wellbeing experiences of this vulnerable group of people. The findings will be used to develop interventions to improve physical and mental health and will also help inform current policy and practice.

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 Staying Safe: An evaluation of Nightstop services

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Depaul UK has been privileged to act as the umbrella body for all the UK's Nightstop services for nearly five years. Nightstop is one of the many schemes Depaul UK operates which challenge youth homelessness and give vulnerable young people a chance to get back on their feet. This evaluation is our opportunity to pause, reflect on what has been achieved and identify what we need to do in order to achieve our ultimate aim - of ensuring a comprehensive Nightstop offer that means no young person in the UK has to sleep rough.

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 Can We Afford Not To?  Making the case for homelessness prevention services

Can We Afford Not ToResearch carried out on behalf of Depaul UK shows that local authorities could save over £9K per person for those presenting as homeless if they invested in homelessness prevention services now. The research report shows that homelessness prevention schemes like family mediation are proven to prevent homelessness, save local authority money and improve the emotional and physical well being of young people at risk of homelessness.   The report cites Depaul UK's family mediation service in Oldham as an example and calculates that in 2009 the service can be credited with saving Oldham Council just over £1.2 million due to the project's success in preventing homelessness in the area.

Mental Health Good Practice Guide

Depaul UK features in this guide which describes effective ways of recognising and meeting the psychological and emotional needs of people who have experienced homelessness, are sleeping rough or living in insecure accommodation, in particular young people and rough sleepers with histories of complex trauma/personality disorder.  This report was produced by Communities and Local Goverment and the National Mental Health Development Unit.

Vision Sense and Depaul UK Research

Funding was secured to study the barriers and gaps in personalised social care support amongst young men in the North East of England.  Download the full report below.

Research on Youth Homelessness

New Philantropy Capital Reports featuring Depaul UK

Early Intervention Toolkit: Preventing Youth Homelessness

35 Years of Homelessness: An overview of homelessness in the UK over the last 35 years

Porchlight, a homelessness charity in Kent, have produced an interesting overview of the causes of homelessness and the services avaliable in the UK over the last 35 years.

For more publications and research on homelessness have a look at Homeless Pages, run by Homeless Link.

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