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Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI, Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI. (2019) The impact of homelessness and inadequate housing on children’s health. Dublin: RCPI.

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This paper summarises the extent of homelessness and inadequate housing, and the resulting impacts on health. In considering the numbers affected, it is important to remember that while it is stated in the media that approximately 3800 children are currently homeless, this figure represents the situation on a particular date. Some of these children move to a more stable housing situation over time but others become homeless, so that the total number who experience homelessness is higher if measured over the course of a year, and substantially greater if measured throughout childhood and adolescence.

 

This report recognises that the health and wellbeing of children is impacted not just by homelessness but also by overcrowded or poor housing, and by frequent moves from one accommodation to another. Homelessness and inadequate housing may cause adverse childhood experiences with resultant mental health effects that may be lifelong.

 

There is an extensive literature on the health inequities and substantially lower life expectancy of those on the lowest incomes compared to those who have better access to education and resources. Such differentials in health experience are likely compounded by the effects of homelessness and inadequate housing.

Date:November 2019
Pages:36 p.
Publisher:RCPI
Corporate Creators:Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI, Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness > Homeless services
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Homeless person
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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