Research in practice

Youth homelessness, sexuality and healthcare: the lived experiences of transgender homeless young people

A research study on sexual health and homelessness aims to influence change in service provision for vulnerable young people

The rate of homelessness is on the rise and it is affecting young people who are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. Despite this, there has been little research to inform society, government, councils or the healthcare system on how to best provide for young people who are experiencing homelessness and how to prevent it in this age group (Fitzpatrick et al 2013, Crisis 2016).

While an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester I undertook a literature review and developed a research proposal as part of my dissertation. My aim was to understand the causes and consequences of homelessness in transgender young people, with the goal of informing improvements in service provision for this group.

The research proposal was for a study planned to run over three years as


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