Australian Journal of Education

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‘Good for kids’: Children who have been homeless talk about school


Children who experience homelessness are at risk of poor health and well-being, and negative social outcomes. They are often exposed to stressful life events, such as domestic violence, parental mental health difficulties and family breakdown. Although many experience difficulties in remaining engaged in school, children report that schools can provide them with a sense of belonging and can help them and their families to link with supports to assist them through their homeless experience. This article reports on a study with children who had experi­enced homelessness with their families and discusses their thoughts on homeless­ness and school. It highlights some of their difficulties and worries, but identifies some opportunities for support.