COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Group for homeless youth uses findings to lobby authorities

Youth homelessness charity Safe in the City is pressing local authorities to adopt a new template to tackle homelessness.

Launched by housing minister Tony McNulty, the report presents the detailed thinking and practice behind the development and implementation of the charity's approach to homelessness in eight London boroughs.

Key findings in the report, Safe in the City: A Practical Approach to Preventing Youth Homelessness, are confusion in the sector around the different kinds of prevention services offered and how this lack of clarity can be a barrier between quality local services and local needs.

Safe in the City's director Nicola Bacon said: "We are going to send (the report) out to local authorities in the hope that they start to look at prevention more strategically."

She added that the organisation will also press McNulty on the issue of new funding to implement the strategy.

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