Young people’s experiences of homelessness
During 2011, the OCO undertook a dedicated consultation with young people with experience of homelessness. Through this consultation, we sought to gain an insight into young people’s first-hand experiences of accessing and using homelessness services, including out-of hours, crisis intervention and emergency accommodation services.
Between September and December 2011, the Office conducted face-to-face interviews with young people who were using or had used homelessness services in Dublin and Cork – the two places in Ireland where hostel-style accommodation was being used for young people at the time.
Since we published Homeless Truths in 2012, the issue of homelessness among children and young people has continued to come to the OCO’s direct attention through our complaints-handling work. The Ombudsman for Children has highlighted issues relating to homeless children, young people and families at national and international level, including to the Oireachtas and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Young people’s experiences of and views on homelessness services
The OCO also produced a CD of spoken excerpts from our interviews with young people, which you can listen to here: