A note about data quality and completeness
We obtained data from local authorities in England by sending Freedom of Information requests. Central government does not currently publish data broken down by age. We obtained data for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales from their respective central government departments.
We publish the data exactly as the local authorities provide it. So there may be some cases where the number of young people presenting, and their subsequent pathways, does not add up. We try to challenge any instances of this with councils, but where do not receive a correction or a clarification we publish as we received it.
Where we receive data that doesn’t look quite right, we will query this with local authorities. It is worth noting that some councils struggled with the new data collection duties within the Homelessness Reduction Act. With this in mind, the information in the Youth Homelessness Databank should be taken as an estimate.
Using the data yourself
The Youth Homelessness Databank data is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
This license allows you to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon our work, as long as Centrepoint and the Youth Homelessness Databank are credited for the original creation. If you have any questions about the data, email us at YHDatabank@centrepoint.org.
We create, host, administer and maintain the Youth Homelessness Databank in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. All data on this site is aggregated and values under 5 have been suppressed to prevent identification.
If you would like further information please contact the Centrepoint policy team: YHDatabank@centrepoint.org.