Homeless Teenagers are not out of Trouble
by Ève Lacroix on September 13, 2013 - 12:20pm
As said in the article written by Jim Reed, journalist for the BBC, many homeless teenagers’ cases are not being well administrated in England. The BBC Newsnight found out that on a total of 208 local councils, 119 of them admitted to have placed many teens in bed and breakfast hotels throughout the last year. In fact, 871 sixteen and seventeen year olds had to inhabit one of these inappropriate accommodations – some of them on a long term basis, while social services departments were being in charge of 525 young-adults. In 2010, the British government had strongly prescribed that every teenager suspected of being in this kind of situation should be provided with an appropriate shelter and meets a social worker. The demand is actually so high that the local authorities and specialists cannot afford helping every one of them. Therefore, these young people get surrounded by a sexually and criminally influenced environment which promotes the illegal use of drugs and alcohol.
These facts show that there is a serious social crisis. There is an alarming number of homeless teens and the local councils all around England are not ready to face this situation. Unfortunately, they are not appropriately equipped to meet the actual needs. This social issue brings out many questions. What are the main causes of this kind of problem? How can we help these young people get out of the streets? It is known that the high costs of such cares and services discourage many councils, but is that enough to leave these teenagers hopeless and destitute?
I am shocked to realize that so many homeless teens don’t get the support they need, even in this highly developed area of the world. In my opinion, the British government should look at the root of the problem. Also, it has to financially invest in the social services programs to help make specialists more accessible and increase the number of institutional accommodations. It is its responsibility to restore the collapsed parts of this social structure. Thus, I think that if local councils would also be more organized and methodical in their interventions, the issue could definitely be solved. Rehabilitation and encouragement are essential to bring back these young men and women on the right track.