This chapter looks at the needs of young people who have experienced, or who are at risk of, homelessness and offers examples of how youth services can meet their needs.
using a trauma informed approach in youth work practice;
working within a community of coalition and action; and
using mediation to support families to resolve past and/ or current disagreements and conflict.
It presents relevant demographics and it looks at youth homelessness as a distinct area of policy concern, recognising young people as our hidden homeless. It considers how homelessness impacts on the social and psychological well-being of young people.
It also considers how young peoples’ journeys through and out of homelessness typically involve a range of events and experiences that extend beyond housing needs.