Thousands of children in England are growing up without a proper home. More and more children are becoming homeless. In 2015 38,040 families with children were homeless, but in 2009 there were only 23, 850 families with children who were homeless. This means the number of homeless families with children grew by two thirds between 2009 and 2015.
Some children are forced to live in bed and breakfasts’ (B&Bs) for a long period of time, which is against the law. B&Bs can be dirty, cold, damp and unsafe for children, with no place to play or do homework. Sometimes they are infested with rats, and children are forced to share filthy bathrooms with adults they don’t know.
We want to hear from you
This week on U-Report we want to hear your views on the issue of child homelessness in the UK. To take part and answer this question, join U-Report in one of three simple ways:
1) Send us a message with the word 'join' to U-Report UK on Facebook
2) Follow @UReportUK on Twitter
3) Text the word ‘join’ to 67788
The answers provided by U-Reporters will help the steering group when they meet with MPs in July to discuss child homelessness. They will also be used to help write a report which will be published in 2018. You can find out more about the Change It! Campaign and how to get involved here: http://www.crae.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-young-activist/about-the-change-it-project/