Children, housing and health

Stewart, Jill and Rhoden, Maureen (2006). Children, housing and health. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26(7/8) pp. 326–341.



Purpose - To consolidate and review current literature that relates children's health to their housing and living environments.
Design/methodology/approach - A range of published sources which review the relationship between children, housing and health. The sources consolidate research that applies specifically to children and their domestic situation. The paper also reviews literature around municipal tower block estates and the unique health/architecture relationship before turning to children living in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation. An overview of current public health policy that seeks to reintegrate housing and well‐being is undertaken.
Findings - Decent housing lies at the heart of health for all. Generally, the picture is more positive, but action remains slow. Children's needs must be given a higher priority in housing in future to promote physical and emotional well‐being.
Research limitations/implications - It is not an exhaustive list and the sources are mainly UK publications.
Practical implications - The UK approach to children, housing and health may be of interest to a number of overseas countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Originality/value - This paper fulfils an identified information/resources need and offers readers such as students, academics and practitioners an overview of the UK approach.

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