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Safeguarding Responses to homelessness and self-neglect

This is a report on a 'Communities of Practice' (CoP) project that brought together people who had experience of homelessness, practitioners in this field, and managers of relevant organisations, in a series of 12 online meetings covering three Safeguarding Adults Board areas encompassing six local authorities.

The meetings included practitioners from across local statutory and independent sector organisations including:

  • police, probation, prisons,
  • housing and providers of homelessness accommodation
  • rough sleeper street outreach
  • NHS Trust and local authority Safeguarding,
  • Adult Social Care
  • mental health
  • health care and substance misuse support, plus
  • Expert by Experience

The focus of the sessions was for participants to discuss their experiences of responding to homelessness and self-neglect – both what works and what are the barriers – and to share and develop ideas for improvements.

Read Safeguarding and homelessness – hearing the voices of those involved.

Also see Opening the "too difficult box": Strengthening adult safeguarding responses to homelessness and self-neglect.

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, 2022.