YOUTH BANS: POLICY, IMPLEMENTATION, AND THE PERSPECTIVES OF YOUTH AND STAKEHOLDERS

YOUTH BANS: POLICY, IMPLEMENTATION, AND THE PERSPECTIVES OF YOUTH AND STAKEHOLDERS

This 2015-2017 community-based participatory research study responds to a need identified by service providers to investigate the banning of youth who are homeless or without secure and adequate housing. For this project, “banning” refers to the practice of formally informing a person they must leave an area, service, or property, and not return for a specified amount of time. Previous research has examined the banning of activities associated with homelessness such as panhandling or squeegeeing in Canadian cities (Sommers et al., 2005; Douglas, 2011; O’Grady, Gaetz and Buccieri, 2011; Chesnay, Bellot and Sylvestre, 2013). The limited research that has been conducted on banning individuals and the impact of being banned while homeless indicates banning adds an “additional set of complications to already difficult lives” (Herbert & Beckett, 2010, p. 241). Previous research conducted by the Old Strathcona Community Mapping and Planning Committee (OSCMAP) in Edmonton, Alberta found that many youth are confused about their bans; youth may not know how long they are banned for, or how to find out more information about their bans (OSCMAP, 2015). This study responds to a gap in knowledge on local banning policies and practices, how youth who are homeless or without adequate housing understand and interpret their bans, and the recommendations of youth and service providers working with youth.

ORGANIZATION: The Old Strathcona Community Mapping and Planning Committee (OSCMAP)
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017