News & Events
Peter McVerry Trust is calling on the Government to re-double efforts to ensure the needs of children living in private emergency homeless accommodation are met. The call comes following the announcement that over 1,000 children where in homeless services at the end of March 2015.
Pat Doyle the CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “We have serious concerns about the negative impact private emergency accommodation could have on children. While homelessness is a negative experience for people of all ages children are particularly vulnerable. Every effort must be made to protect and support children and their families during this incredibly difficult experience.”
“The nature of most emergency accommodation available to families in homeless services means they are temporarily resident in hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses. Families are removed from community, friends, and schools and placed in most instances in a single room without any facilities to cook or do laundry. Peter McVerry Trust believes that we all need to do more to ensure the welfare of children in these situations is protected and that families receive as much support as possible.”
“We believe that given the scale of the problem and the rate at which it is growing a cross departmental approach to step up the range of supports available would be of particular help to children. We need to ensure that the mental health of the child is looked after, as well as their education, their general health and that the trauma and stigma that homelessness can bring does not impact on them now or in the future.”
“I will be writing separately to Ministers at the Department of the Environment, The Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Social Protection to ask them to offer more support and assistance to children in homeless households.”