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BPS concern at child homelessness report

22 August 2019

The British Psychological Society has expressed its concern at the report on homelessness published by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

The report found that 124,000 children were living in temporary accommodation, which includes shipping containers and converted office blocks, at the end of 2018 and that a further 90,000 were ‘sofa-surfing’ with friends or relatives.

Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the Society, said:

“Our members voted to make the mental health and psychological wellbeing of children and young people our policy priority for 2019.

The conditions in which young people live are central to their wellbeing and to their educational achievement. Children from poorer backgrounds lag behind at all stages of education.

For this reason, government must commit to a child poverty prevention strategy.  And, following the examples of good practice seen in Wigan and Coventry, local authorities – and particularly children's services – should be supported so they are able to ensure appropriate accommodation is available for all those who are in need."

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