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Thousands of homeless children in the West Country, says charity

Living in cramped or unsafe temporary accommodation can badly affect children's health. Credit: ITV West Country

More than 2,000 children in the South West will wake up homeless this Christmas, according to new figures released by the housing charity Shelter.

The charity says that children's mental and physical health can be badly affected by living in cramped or unsafe temporary accommodation.

It's asking for the public's help to make sure they can be there for more families.

Shelter: 'Scandal' of homeless children in B&Bs

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