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Housing and the environment for children

Deborah Quilgars

in The well-being of children in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428370
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.003.0007
Housing and the environment for children

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This chapter reviews the nature of poor housing and the type of housing that children, and particularly poor children, currently live in, and the potential impacts of poor housing on the lives of children. The scale of homelessness affecting families and young people, and its impact on their lives are addressed. It also explores the evidence on poor neighbourhoods and children. Housing conditions have significantly enhanced over time and households with children per se do not tend to live in poorer housing than others. Data on homelessness in the UK shows some reductions in recorded homelessness in recent years in England and Wales, although not in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The available evidence suggests that the effects of poor housing and homelessness on children may be considerable, although new evidence indicates that the circumstances leading up to homelessness may have a greater impact on children than living in temporary accommodation.

Keywords: poor housing; poor children; homelessness; poor neighbourhoods; England; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland

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