Young runaways and adulthood: a difficult transition

Andy McCullough (National Strategy and Policy Advisor, Railway Children, Sandbach, UK)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Publication date: 26 August 2010


The transition to adulthood can be a difficult time for young people, both financially and emotionally. A number of additional factors make this transition more difficult for young people in vulnerable housing situations, such as lower rates of the minimum wage and benefits, increased likelihood of unemployment and exclusion from housing registers. Many of the causes of homelessness, such as unemployment, shortage of housing and family problems, affect young people across the spectrum. However, there are some young people who are more at risk of becoming homeless.



McCullough, A. (2010), "Young runaways and adulthood: a difficult transition", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 36-39.

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