Homelessness and adult social care workforce: scoping study

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Allan, Tim; Filsak, Laura
Skills for Care
Date of publication
1 October 2014
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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This research explored the interactions between the Adult Social Care (ASC) and homelessness workforces. In doing so, it considered whether Skills for Care should develop interventions, activities or resources that could enhance the skills of those members of the ASC workforce who come into contact with people who are homeless or facing homelessness. The work concentrated on five specific points at which the interface between the ASC and homelessness workforces appears to be relatively prominent. Termed 'transition points', these are leaving prison, experiencing domestic abuse, leaving hospital,leaving care as a looked after young person and leaving the armed forces. In each of these it identified the main types of organisations involved and the nature of the interactions between the ASC and homelessness workforces. In doing so, it adds new evidence to an area where relatively little previously existed and concludes that there is no immediate need for any Skills for Care-led intervention, be that in the form of workforce development programmes, new resources or aware raising activities.

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