More cross-agency work needed to end youth homelessness, report shows

Key support agencies need to work together to get young people out of homelessness, according to new reports.

More cross-agency work needed to end youth homelessness, report shows

Key support agencies need to work together to get young people out of homelessness, according to new reports.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have published two separate reports that examine youth homelessness.

One report examined the current youth homelessness strategy while the other was a six-year study on young people moving from state care into accommodation.

The studies look at how young homeless people have access to services how they move from state help into adulthood.

Paula Mayock, one of the authors, said simply providing homes isn't enough.

"We need a whole range of inter-agency cooperation. In the case of young men, if they have contact with the criminal justice system, that needs to be addressed, acknowledged."

Mayock said other areas in which closer collaboration was needed include mental health services, disability services, and other support agencies.

"Some of them have drug issues, others have mental help problems-sometimes quite serious mental health issues. "

So we can't just simply put these young people into the private rentals market, necessarily. It's just not that simple."

The Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed both reports and said it shows her department what they are doing right, and what they need to improve on.

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