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3. This lesson explores the importance of a safe, loving home for our personal development, and the consequences of homelessness.

4. There’s no Place like Home!

8. When we feel safe and secure in our home, and have the love and support of family and friends we have the opportunity to - grow in confidence, gain the respect of others, and most importantly to - achieve a high level of self-respect.

12. People become homeless for all sorts of reasons: Losing their job Lack of money to rent or to buy a property Family breakdown Running from care Natural disaster or war Moving to find better work in a new place Drug or alcohol addiction

13. In the summer of 2006 children were homeless!

14. Some had no choice but to live in ‘Bed and Breakfast’ accommodation, with no proper bathroom or cooking facilities. Think about what it would be like to live on Pot Noodles, or baked beans warmed on a radiator.

15. school days are missed every year due to homelessness

16. Often homeless children have to change school several times before they get permanent accommodation. Can you imagine the problems they have to face moving from school to school?

17. On average every homeless child misses

18. If the family are all living in one room, it is almost impossible for homeless children to shut out the noise and do their homework. Sometimes homeless children have behaviour problems at school. Can you understand why this might be?

19. No wonder they are to leave school without any qualifications!

20. Charities like ‘Shelter’ can advise people where they can go to get help. They tell homeless people what rights they have, and what the council Housing Department and Social Services must do to help them.

21. Sometimes young people have problems and they think about running away from home. Usually they think better of it. If they do run away, they usually return within two days, but in the meantime they have caused a lot of worry and heartache.

22. If you ever feel like running away ask yourself these questions: What else can I do to make things better? How will I survive away from home? Who will help me? What other choices do I have? Am I being reasonable?

23. Discuss your problems with an adult who you trust. This might be a member of your wider family (like an aunt), a teacher, a midday supervisor, neighbour. If you can’t think of anybody – call Childline: 08001111

26. Glossary self-respect – self-esteem, confidence excluded – left out addiction – need, craving, habit accommodation - housing, somewhere to live outreach – taking resources to where they are needed. nutrition – food, diet. hostel – small hotel, boarding house hygiene – cleanliness

28. Useful Web Links http://www.shelter.org.uk - Shelter believes everyone should have a home.All about Shelter’s campaigns and work http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6192154.stm - BBC article on homeless children http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/all_about_us/what_we_do/children_at_risk_on_the_streets/Children%20at%20risk%20on%20the%20street.asp– stories for children about children’s experiences of running away http://www.nspcc.org.uk/helpandadvice/parentsandcarers/runningaway/runningaway_wda35998.html - advice for children and adults http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/world/newsid_2820000/2820251.stm - Newsround article on homeless children in Russia http://www.casa-alianza.org.uk/ - Casa Alianza works with street children in Latin America http://www.childline.org.uk/Homelessnessandrunaways.asp - Childline information and advice on homelessness and running away http://www.crisis.org.uk/ -Crisis is a national charity that fights homelessness and empowers people to fulfil their potential and transform their lives. http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk – the Salvation Army http://www.parentlineplus.org.uk/index.php?id=229 – guide for parents on children and running away

31. Outreach workers from charities like Shelter and the Salvation Army also go in search of homeless people, and guide them to places where they can get help.

32. Not long ago, people who were sleeping rough might consider themselves lucky if they could find shelter in a hostel overnight, or catch the ‘soup run’.

33. Nowadays charity workers know that People sleeping rough may be suffering from: Infections like Tuberculosis Dental problems Bad nutrition Poor hygiene Skin diseases

34. Many hostels for the homeless provide services to help people get back on their feet: Health clinics Clothing and personal items Employment advice Counselling for depression Phones and internet access

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