This Evidence Check review looked at the grey and peer reviewed literature related to the effectiveness of programs to support children and young people (10-17 years) at risk of homelessness. It aimed to identify key features of effective programs, core/common elements of the included programs and in establishment and rollout, and challenges and facilitators. Twenty programs were included, with 4 rated as “evidence based” and 7 as “promising”, 9 were considered to have insufficient evidence. Programs were also categorised into the following themes – in descending order of evidence: family therapy, intensive case management, service capacity building and early intervention.


Toumbourou JW, Heerde J. Evidence on programs to address youth homelessness: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, 2021.

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