Home-Start believes all our children should have safe places to live and play.

Home-Start asks that these steps are taken to make a difference:

  • Ensure temporary housing is suitable for children and families.
  • Provide key workers/volunteers for all families living in temporary accommodation.
  • Prioritise the right to play in policies for housing, education, childcare and health.
  • Collect and analyse local and national data on the causes of children’s injuries to inform the development of locally targeted community interventions and a national strategy on childhood injury prevention.
“Some of our single parent families are placed in flats. One in particular is well known for drug abuse and dealers. One mum who was an ex-addict was placed there. Understandably she did not want to stay there. Other mums feel unsafe.

Home-Start South Derbyshire

Local Home-Starts have consistently identified housing as a chronic problem for families. A lack of available housing, particularly when vulnerable families are making transitions, often results in families being placed in unsuitable and temporary accommodation.

Although the government has placed a six week cap on how long families should legally be housed in temporary accommodation, last summer more than 760 families were in bed and breakfasts beyond the legal limit.

In a recent survey, an astounding 81% of responding local Home-Starts said that not all the children they work with have safe places to live and play. The recent investment in parks and open spaces and initiatives to promote street play are welcomed. To continue this work we call for further community action to enable young children to access safe spaces for play.

To find out more download our manifesto.