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and Publications

A collection of articles and publications from research within the CHAMPIONS project.

Interventions to promote the health and well-being of children under 5s experiencing homelessness in high-income countries: a scoping review

Homelessness among families with children under 5 residing in temporary accommodation is a growing global concern, especially in high-income countries (HICs). Despite significant impacts on health and development, these 'invisible' children often fall through the gaps in policy and services. The study's primary objective is to map the content and delivery methods of culturally sensitive interventions for children under 5 experiencing homelessness in HICs.

The UK’s long-running housing crisis has recently accelerated into a new and damaging phase, compounded by rising costs of living. Social safety nets are straining to match the growing need for affordable, decent accommodation. Within England, there are now 120,000 homeless children living in temporary housing and the consequences of crisis risk hampering their development. This research will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the challenges that families living in temporary accommodation face, particularly in regards to ensuring time, resources and space for their children to play, placing leisure as a pillar for healthy social and psychological development. Using innovative methodologies, the research will consider how to best translate these community insights into policy action. This research will build on existing evidence from the UK’s Champions Project, which began looking at the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on under-5s in temporary housing.

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