Children England – Sector News and Publications

Number of homeless households projected to rise

Crisis has published the first of a two-part study into current and future homelessness, including looking at ‘core homelessness’, defined as ‘rough sleeping, sofa surfing, squatting, people living in hostels and unsuitable forms of temporary accommodation, as well as other forms, including people forced to sleep in cars, tents and night shelters.’ It finds:

  • ‘Core homeless’ households currently include 50,000 children
  • Using a neutral / benign scenario for modelling, the level of core homelessness is projected to rise from 160,000 households in 2016 to 167,000 in 2021
  • Policies to address the rise include stopping further welfare cuts; a major increase in new house building; and all local authorities adopting homelessness prevention measures currently used by some

Children left to reach crisis point rather than receiving early help

Action for Children has published research into the numbers of children being referred to children’s social care services who do not receive any further referral for help, instead having their cases closed because they don’t meet thresholds for crisis intervention. It identified 140,000 such children in 2015-16 who would have benefitted from help such as children’s centres or domestic violence programmes. Attributing the lack of referrals to early help services to ongoing cuts and closures of services, Action for Children says: “Although these children do not reach statutory thresholds, they are still vulnerable. We found that common needs are domestic violence, neglect, physical abuse, parental mental health and substance misuse.”

Evaluation of Payment By Results

Manchester University has published an impact evaluation of the government’s Payment by Results scheme for drug misuse treatment, comparing key outcomes in eight pilot areas funded through Payment by Results with eight other areas. It found that:

  • The proportion of service users who successfully completed drug misuse treatment went down in pilot PbR areas, from 34% to 24%, but increased from 27% to 29% in the other areas
  • The proportion of people who reported no use of illicit substances or alcohol while they stayed in treatment increased in PbR pilot areas, from 22% to 27%, but decreased very slightly, from 23% to 22%, in the other areas
  • The evaluation considered a range of additional outcomes that might have been influenced by the introduction of the incentive scheme, such as drug related mortality and involvement in crime, but was not able to find any impact on these

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