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Combating social exclusion among young homeless populations: a comparative investigation of homeless paths and reinsertion programmes for young men and women of different ethnic and migrant statuses

Objective

This research project meets the EU guidelines for youth policy and the Lisbon strategy by focusing on socially excluded youth – homeless young people and those at risk of homelessness - and through promoting a dynamic understanding of their life-trajectories. It takes into account gender, ethnic minority and migrant status and its policy outcomes and programme recommendations will also apply to those with low education qualifications, and poor employment and social integration prospects. It involves the active participation of young people as co-researchers. Levels of youth homelessness vary between European countries in relation to the patterns of support available to young people and within countries in relation to gender, ethnic minority group and migrant status. However, even Mediterranean societies, with strong family support systems, have begun to experience youth homelessness amongst local as well as migrant populations. In Northern Europe interventionist programmes have been developed designed to: a) structure case work with hostel dwellers (the Netherlands 8-Steps Programme); b) prevent youth homelessness among those at risk through a cluster of local services (the UK Safe Moves programme). Working with NGOs, CSEYHP will: (1) Study the life trajectories of homeless youth populations in different national contexts, identifying risk, processes of social exclusion and points of reinsertion; (2) Introduce and investigate the use of the 8-Steps and Safe Moves programmes with NGOs working with homeless youth in NL, UK, P and CZ; (3) Investigate the roles of trusted adults, lead professionals, peer mentors and family members in delivering reinsertion strategies; and (4) Develop the concepts of risk, social exclusion and shelter exclusion both theoretically and practically. Expected impacts include change in the working practice of NGOs, empowerment for young people and national and EU recognition of the issue of youth homelessness.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Movisie - Kennis En Advies Voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling
Address
Winthontlaan 4-6
3526 KV Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 298 313
Administrative Contact
Thea Meinema (Ms.)

Participants (3)

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 380
Address
Holloway Road 166 220
N7 8DB London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sue Bagwell (Ms.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACAO E ESTUDOS DE SOCIOLOGIA CRL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 123 334
Address
Av. Das Forcas Armadas, Edif. Iscte 2N19
1649-026 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jose Casanova (Prof.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 98 146
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dagmar Voloscukova (Ms.)