Combating Youth Homelessness

3 juli 2011

From May 2008 to April 2011 Movisie coordinated the FP7 project 'Combating social exclusion among young homeless populations (CSEYHP): a comparative investigation of homeless paths among local white, local ethnic group and migrant young men and women and appropriate reinsertion methods'. This three-year research project was funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union.

Logo's partners project Combating youth homelessness

The project consortium consisted of partners in four countries:

  • London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdom
  • Centre for Research and Studies in Sociologie CIES-ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Movisie, Netherlands Centre for social development, Utrecht, Netherlands (co├Ârdinator)

Objectives

The aim of the project was to gain in-depth knowledge of the life trajectories of homeless youth and those at risk of homelessness, and to explore the effectiveness of reinsertion programmes in the four participating countries. The objectives of the CSEYHP project were fourfold:

To understand the life trajectories of different homeless populations in different national contexts

  1. To develop the concepts of risk and social exclusion in relation to the experience of young homeless people and to the reinsertion process
  2. To test how different methods of working contribute to the reinsertion process for young people
  3. To investigate the roles of and relationships between the young person and trusted adults, lead professionals, peer mentors and family members in the delivery of these programmes across all four countries.

Phase One

Methodologies in the first stage included literature reviews, secondary data analysis and expert interviews. The four project teams have written national reports which collect relevant data at the national level on social exclusion, homelessness and youth. The reports provide a wealth of information on the situation of homeless young people, highlighting the issues experienced in each country. Inputs for these reports were gained, among others, by interviews with professionals, managers and key workers who work with young homeless people and provided the teams with key insights into the actual situation.

A comparative Report on Youth Homelessness and Social Exclusion in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK, focuses on discrepancies and shared findings between the four partner countries. It discusses differences in history, in policy developments and in definitions, but also highlights the level at which services are available to young people at various points in their lives. Download the comparative report (pdf).

Phase Two

In the second stage interviews were undertaken by young co-researchers (themselves currently or in the past homeless) with 54 young people in each of four countries based on quota samples. Four thematic reports analyse the data acquired through interviews with young homeless people in four countries. They focus on the following themes:

Besides the four thematic reports two Annexes were written. One annex reports on the methodology of life history interviews. The other one is concerned with working with co-researchers.

Phase Three

The final stage of the project involved the observation and testing of methodologies of key working and early intervention in different national contexts.

The Toolkit early intervention and prevention models to counter the risks of youth homelessness accompanies the DVD, Homeless Youth: Early Intervention in the UK, prepared by the UK team of the CSEYHP project. The manual Eight-Step Model for working with homeless youth is part of the Eight-Step Model Toolkit, which also contains a DVD and software programme. You can download the Eight Steps Model Evaluation and the Testing Early Intervention Models report.

CSEYHP produced the following policy briefs on issues that are relevant for EU policy development:

The final conference of the CSEYHP project 'Combating Social Exclusion of Young Homeless Persons' took place on 28 April 2011 in Brussels.

For more information about the conference please contact the project co├Ârdinator Thea Meinema.