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Danger Zones and Stepping Stones

April 19th, 2016

Depaul UK launched the Danger Zones and Stepping Stones report on hidden homelessness at an event in Parliament on 19 April 2016

Danger Zones and Stepping Stones, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundations and players of the People's Postcode Lottery, exposes the problem of hidden homelessness – so-called ‘sofa surfing’ – and demands the issue is taken more seriously

At the launch, hosted by by former Conservative Minister the Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP and Labour MP Kate Hoey, Depaul UK President Sir Trevor McDonald spoke movingly of the plight of young people without a place to call home. Depaul UK Chief Executive Martin Houghton-Brown talked about the report's recommendations and interviewed two of the young people who contributed to it.

In a packed room at Westminster, Sir Trevor said: “The young people interviewed for this report experienced very dangerous situations in their attempts to stay off the streets, including staying with strangers while constantly in fear of assault, lodging with an uncle addicted to hard drugs, going to all-night parties with predatory men or suggesting ‘sleepovers’ to school friends simply to find a place to stay. These experiences are often termed ‘sofa surfing’, a phrase which does not adequately capture the high levels of risk young people are experiencing.This vital report is just the beginning: Depaul UK is making clear recommendations aimed at preventing young people from enduring these experiences and is today calling for a national debate on hidden homelessness.”

Homelessness Minister Marcus Jones MP welcomed the report adding that it said: “makes an important contribution to the discussion about youth homelessness.We will take its findings on board and participate in the public debate about ‘sofa surfing’ and hidden homelessness. I believe that together we can find solutions for young people who fall into homelessness.”

Our findings show that one size does not fit all when helping young people who find themselves without a place to call home. No young person should have to stay in an unsafe place. We have developed the Danger Zones and Stepping Stones Model to help identify where the dangers lie, and the stepping stones to getting young people out of homelessness.

The report, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundations and players of the People's Postcode Lottery, includes recommendations that policymakers and commissioners of homelessness services provide more preventative services, such as family mediation and short respite accommodation; ensure there is adequate young person-specific accommodation; increase the provision of emergency accommodation; take steps to reduce the stigma of homelessness; and boost the capacity of potential temporary safe-and-secure living hosts to help young people to escape homelessness.

The Danger Zones & Stepping Stones full report, Appendices, Executive summary and Press Release can be downloaded below.

Report in Full, Appendices and Executive Summary

  • Danger Zones and Stepping Stones - Full Report

    Published in April 2016

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  • Appendices of Danger Zones and Stepping Stones

    Published in April 2016

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  • Executive Summary of Danger Zones and Stepping Stones

    Published in April 2016

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  • Press Release

    Press Release for Danger Zone's & Stepping Stones report launch

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