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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2004): Homelessness - UK

A FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN AND PARENTS: USERS' PERSPECTIVES AND CHARACTERISTICS

V. Tischler and others

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.12, 2004, p.327-335

The article reports on users' views of an experimental family support service for homeless parents and their children who were living in a hostel in Leicester. The service aimed at providing identification and assessment of health and social care needs, liaison with specialist services and parent training and support. Parents expressed satisfaction with the service while they were resident at the hostel, but were often not clear about the objectives of the agencies and interventions involved in their care. It concludes that family support interventions have a key role in service provision for homeless families by providing direct parenting interventions and ensuring that specialist agencies are appropriately involved. Family support needs to continue when families are re-housed in the community.

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