Responding to people sleeping rough: Dilemmas and opportunities for social work

Parsell, Cameron (2011) Responding to people sleeping rough: Dilemmas and opportunities for social work. Australian Social Work, 64 3: 330-345. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2010.538705

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Author Parsell, Cameron
Title Responding to people sleeping rough: Dilemmas and opportunities for social work
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2010.538705
Volume 64
Issue 3
Start page 330
End page 345
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Rough sleeping refers to the state of being literally without shelter or residing in shelter not fit for human habitation. People who sleep rough are thought to be a group who experience a range of complex problems in addition to their homelessness. Despite their small numbers relative to the broader homeless population, rough sleepers have been identified as a target group for policy and practice intervention. This article critically examines outreach responses directed toward people sleeping rough. Moving beyond traditional charity approaches or interventions that "move people on", emerging models of "assertive outreach" have been implemented in Australia as part of broader strategies to reduce homelessness. Challenging the idea that assertive outreach is a shift from a social work approach, it is argued that interventions to actively end rough sleeping are consistent with social work principles. Indeed, this article takes it that social work must advocate for the provision of affordable housing as central to rough sleeping interventions. Housing not only enables people to achieve human dignity and worth, but the linking of housing with outreach responses to rough sleepers will facilitate a trusting and effective working relationship.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2012 Collection
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