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The Prevalence of Rough Sleeping and Sofa Surfing Amongst Young People in the UK

This article was published in Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183–2803) 2016, Volume 4, Issue 4. It presents findings from an online survey of young people which found that rates of sofa surfing and rough sleeping among young people were much higher than previously thought. Twenty-six percent of young people (aged 16–25) had slept rough at some point in their life and 35 percent had ‘sofa surfed’ (stayed with friends or family on their floor or sofa because they had nowhere else to go).


Anna Clarke

Publication Date

October 2016