Ill-health of young homeless demands holistic approach

    Young homeless people are developing serious health problems
    because agencies are failing to offer a multi-disciplinary approach
    to services, new findings reveal.

    A report published last month by the Foyer Federation, which
    provides accommodation for young homeless people, calls for a more
    effective partnership between agencies ahead of the government’s
    planned three- month consultation on health inequalities.

    A fifth of foyer residents have some form of mental health
    problem, nearly 40 per cent drink excessively and 70 per cent are
    smokers.

    Foyer Federation chief executive Carolyn Hayman said there was a
    need for a holistic approach when dealing with young people.

    She suggested introducing multi-skilled health professionals
    into frontline facilities, and better partnerships between
    agencies. Multi-skilled staff have already been introduced to some
    of the charity’s 106 foyers, which provide accommodation for 5,000
    people a year.

    The Health Partnership Guide from www.foyer.net

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