By Susan Hutson, Mark Liddiard
Drawing on a extensive variety of overseas reviews, this e-book seems intimately at how formative years homelessness is variously outlined, measured and defined, in addition to discussing the strategies that are often proposed for it. but this booklet is greater than easily an outline of teenage homelessness. It makes use of unique fabric to teach how formative years homelessness, like different concerns, may be otherwise awarded via businesses, the media, teachers, politicians and through these without delay affected - for that reason, younger homeless humans themselves.
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For example, in the UK and most European countries, the focus is particularly on the homelessness of young people aged 16 and 17. Campaigns and projects are concerned with better housing, jobs and benefits for young people. In the USA and Australia, however, the coverage tends to be wider. Government and media reports often include 12-18-year-olds. The problem is one of homeless children and the issue is often phrased in terms of children's rights. In the Burdekin Report, for example, homelessness is seen to result from a breach in children's human rights - by the state and by families.
However, it is clear that the basis for many of these estimates is the experience of homelessness hostels, agencies and projects. The estimate of 8,000 people sleeping rough in England, for example, is based upon reports from emergency night shelters. Subsequently, such statistics can often be seen as less a measurement of youth homelessness and more a reflection of the agencies themselves. Voluntary agencies, for instance, report seeing a rapidly rising number of young homeless people and these agency referrals are often cited as providing evidence of a growing problem.
However, it can be seen that homelessness statistics may say little about homelessness as such and much more about the way in which the statistics have been collected and how the problem has been defined. 1 Introduction Once a social issue is defined, there is a need for it to be explained for the explanation of the problem will determine the solution. In all countries, politicians, the media, homelessness agencies, academic commentators and young homeless people all seek to explain youth homelessness.