Having been commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the latest report from the Youth Homeless Parliament has been released.
Over 160 young people from across England directly contributed to the Youth Homeless Parliament consultation, which focused on four fundamental areas: crisis prevention, targeted prevention, universal prevention and the youth housing offer.
For the first time in the Youth Homeless Parliament history, the young people were asked to consult on these areas digitally using a purpose built and accessible online consultation platform, Youth Radar. From the questions posed by MHCLG, over 650 responses were received online, with an additional face-to-face workshop with a further 24 young people to explore these questions further.
Jean Templeton, chair of the Youth Homeless Parliament and CEO for St Basils, said; “Knowing the work that has gone into the preparation for the event by young people and their supporting organisations; framing the questions by young people for young people; consulting across the country in a way that encourages and maximises responses; illustrating impact through lived experience and then, the time, care and effort taken by young people in formulating recommendations with the objective of improving the future for other young people. ”
Former Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, who attended the session said; “It was a privilege to attend the Youth Homeless Parliament for a second year in my role as Minister for Housing and Homelessness, following an unforgettable experience in 2018. Firstly, I would like to reflect on what was a truly wonderful and inspiring day. The bravery and courage displayed by the young people who delivered such powerful and heartfelt speeches will stay with me for a long time.”
You can read the the Youth Homeless Parliament report compiled in 2019 here.