Young, homeless, and raising a child: a review of existing approaches to addressing the needs of young Australian parents experiencing homelessness

Kuskoff, Ella and Mallett, Shelley (2016). Young, homeless, and raising a child: a review of existing approaches to addressing the needs of young Australian parents experiencing homelessness. LCC Working Paper Series 2016-13, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kuskoff, Ella
Mallett, Shelley
Title Young, homeless, and raising a child: a review of existing approaches to addressing the needs of young Australian parents experiencing homelessness
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2016-13
Publication date 2016-07-01
Total pages 21
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In Australia, the rates of homelessness among youth are higher than for any other age group in the country, with young people aged between 12 and 24 comprising 25% of the homeless population. Young parents are making up an increasingly large proportion of this group. This is particularly problematic because individuals who experience homelessness when they are young are more likely to experience persistent homelessness throughout their lives. In this paper, we review the current literature surrounding the types and effectiveness of support services available to such youth, demonstrating that while a number of different approaches exist, various factors can affect the extent to which these services are able to effectively engage and address the needs of their target clients. Ongoing support once individuals leave support services and the provision of education, employment, and training pathways play key roles in helping young vulnerable parents make a sustainable transition from homelessness to a stable independent living environment. These findings can inform the design of future support services aiming at reducing youth homelessness in Australia.
Keyword Homelessness
Youth
Parenthood
Australia
Institutional Status UQ

 
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