« Scotland’s youngsters face a life of homelessness and an early death unless more is done to tackle the thousands of family break ups that happen every year.
The Cyrenians charity made the call at its Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) conference yesterday (Wednesday), saying that 5,000 young people across the country become homeless every year due to relationships breaking down.
Delegates at the conference, which was attended by Scottish leaders in the worlds of law, health, education, charity and government, heard that the average age of death for someone who is homeless is just 36.
Ewan Aitken, chief executive of Cyrenians, said Scotland has to make better use of tools, such as what it offers at the SCCR, in a bid to reduce homelessness.
Opened in 2013, the centre provides mediation for young people and families who are in conflict with each other to help them resolve their differences.
By working together we can change the culture of Scotland and normalise mediation as a tool to resolve conflict
The aim is to nip problems at the bud before they escalate and can’t be solved without someone leaving the family home. » (Extrait de thirdforcenews.org.uk)