– Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter
Our shocking findings have uncovered the shameful conditions homeless children will be living in this Christmas. Parents and children sharing beds, children being forced to eat on the floor and being threatened with violence in the place they live: this shouldn't be happening in 21st century Britain.
The Shelter charity's report Nowhere to Go: the scandal of homeless children in bed and breakfasts says the West's 2000 homeless children are often housed with their families in unsuitable bed & breakfasts or emergency hostels. Families in the study have reported:
- cramped conditions, often with families sharing one room
- children sharing beds with parents or siblings
- children eating meals off the floor or bed
- overt drug use
- threats of violence
2038 children in the West Country are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, according to the housing charity Shelter. It has launched an emergency appeal in the run-up to Christmas.