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