St Christopher’s and Shelter join forces to fight homelessness

We’re endorsing another effort aimed to educate youth who may be facing homelessness problems by highlighting a campaign which St Christopher’s launched recently in partnership with Shelter.

I got in touch with both charities to ask whether they wanted to add anything to the campaign, and below are their comments.

Phil Townsend, Deputy Director of Operations (UK) at St Christopher’s said:

“We want vulnerable young people to know that sleeping rough is not an option. If it’s not safe for them to be at home, then their local authority will help them by providing housing and support.

But to get the support that is right for them, they need to understand the choices they may be faced with during the assessment process – and have the confidence to express what they want.

Diana Fawcett, Director of Operations at Shelter said:

“We know that homeless 16 and 17 year olds sometimes don’t fully understand the process or the rights they have under the Children’s Act. As a result, many are not getting the help they need and to which they are entitled.

We have worked with St Christopher’s on this film to help provide homeless young people with the information and advice that will allow them to make informed decisions about the kind of help they want, giving them the best chance of a successful and independent future.”

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