Youth homelessness data

Where is it from? Why is it important?

Why is the data important

No-one actually knows how many young people are homeless in the UK, and as such the government are making decisions in the dark.

The Databank collates and displays data from central government, local councils and charities from across the sector to explore the true scale of youth homelessness.

We are taking youth homelessness data and turning it into knowledge. 

To understand what you can do with the data, go here: What can I do with the data?

To understand where the data comes from, keep reading.

Central government data

The official homelessness figures are derived from central government and based upon data submitted to the government by local councils. The single figure presented on the Databank is the number of young people accepted by the government as Statutorily (officially) Homeless.

For further guidance on official homelessness data, see the Gov.uk site here: Government homelessness statistics

Local council data

The local council data included in the Databank explores the number of young people that request help from their local council and what subsequently happens to them. 

This data was collected from councils across England and Wales through data sharing partnerships and Freedom of Information requests. To understand the data we requested from local councils, see the Freedom of Information request attached in the Related Documents menu on the right of this page.

Charity and housing provider data

The charity and housing provider data in the Databank is currently a work in progress! When more complete, it will explore the number of young people accessing housing and support from charities and housing providers. It has been aggregated to anonymise the organisations providing data.

This data is currently being collected from charities and housing providers across England and Wales through data sharing partnerships. To understand the data we are requesting from charities and housing providers, see the Data Request attached in the Related Documents menu on the right of this page.

I work with homeless young people, how can I get involved?

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