INQUEENSLAND: Queensland needs to do more to reduce the ranks of its homeless youth

Apr 06, 2023

The numbers of young people experiencing homelessness – some as young as 12 – are exploding in Queensland. Long term solutions are urgently needed, writes Pam Barker.



Our youth workers do their best to keep young people safe, however, they are often forced to present the tough choice of sleeping rough or in a hostel dorm environment with adults – both of which present very real risks of exposure to further trauma and exploitation. Every week, we hear horror stories of experiences in adult hostels where intimidation, theft, and physical and sexual abuse are commonplace.