Policy and research

Centrepoint campaigns to influence national and local government policy that affects homeless young people.

Influencing policy campaigning for change

We focus on areas of policy including housing, family and health. We also campaign to ensure homeless young people are getting the right support when it comes to their benefits and personal finance, education, skills and employment opportunities.

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Young, Homeless and Hungry: Our latest report

Access to sufficient and nutritious food is critical to the health and development of young adults at a critical point in their lives. But for young people experiencing homelessness, getting enough food can be a major struggle.

Our new report explores the issues with food insecurity that vulnerable young people are currently facing, and our recommendations for lasting change. 

Food Insecurity Report

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The youth homelessness Databank

Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank collects local data from across the UK on the scale of youth homelessness. It also provides an insight into the type of interactions young people are having with their local councils and what support is being offered.

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Email your MP

We are calling on the Government to commit to a proper strategy to tackle youth homelessness, by supporting the recommendations from our Databank report. The new research led by our policy team, suggests that youth homelessness is continuing to climb. 

It's time to ask your MP: Will you stand up for homeless young people? Email them with our helpful template here.

Email your MP

Centrepoint helps more than 10,000 homeless young people a year. Our research helps us understand what support they need.

42% have issues with their mental health
14% are refugees
14% are refugees
28% have been living in care
28% have been living in care
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Research reports

We carry out research on the issues affecting homeless young people and develop the policy solutions needed to bring about change.

Read our research

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Explore our library of policy briefings on the key issues that Centrepoint is working to influence.

Read our Briefings

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Consultation responses

We regularly respond to consultations and inquiries issued by the Government, local authorities and other organisations.

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Learn more about our policy work in our blog

Whatever it takes: Ending Youth Homelessness Together

24 March, 2022

Centrepoint’s Policy and Research Manager Billy Harding and Campaigns and Mobilisation Officer Pooja Singh talk about how we can work together to End Youth Homelessness once and for all – and how you can get involved.

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Using Peer Research to Campaign for Change

04 February, 2022

Eurydice Belezika, Peer Research Coordinator and former Centrepoint resident in London, talks about her experience of conducting research and campaigning to support disadvantaged young people.

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More Than a Number: The Scale of Youth Homelessness in 2020-21

25 January, 2022

Our research estimates nearly 122,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2020-21 because they were homeless or at risk.

Dan Poursaeedi, Centrepoint's Senior Policy, Research and Databank Officer, explains the findings of the recent Youth Homelessness Databank report for 2020-2021.

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