To end youth homelessness, we need to know how many people experience homelessness and what happens to them when they seek help.
Our Youth Homeless Databank brings together all the information available to build the clearest picture possible.
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.
Our research estimates 86,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2016/17 because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. This is the only estimate of its kind.
The data we've collected gives us a unique insight into the scale of youth homelessness. Over half of the young people who approached their council for help with homelessness left without any meaningful, documented support. We're concerned this has left tens of thousands of vulnerable young people without any help.
In April 2018 the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force, putting an important focus on the prevention of homelessness. Crucially, local authorities now have a duty to prevent and relieve homelessness for all eligible young people. This has the potential to save lives, as long as the government puts enough funding behind the Act.
The Youth Homelessness Databank is part of our ambitions to understand and eventually end youth homelessness. To have the biggest possible impact we support homeless young people into accommodation and work, help them improve their health and campaign to make their voices heard.