Research and Publications
New guidance developed from the Making it Matter report into improving the health outcomes of young homeless people published by Depaul
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
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.
Click here to view the evaluation
Can We Afford Not To? Making the case for homelessness prevention services
Research 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
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
- Joseph Rowntree Report: Youth Homelessness Report 2008
- Prison Reform Trust: Bromley Briefings on Offending Behaviour
New Philantropy Capital Reports featuring Depaul UK
- Trial and Error: Report on Youth Offending February 2010
- Getting back on Track: Report on young people not in training, education or employment October 2009
- Lost Property: Report on Tackling Homelessness June 2008
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.