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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.

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
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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HRB (Electronic Only)
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