Working with Young Homeless People

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Young homeless people are ordinary young people trapped in an extraordinary situation. This accessible guide provides information and advice on how to understand the needs of these young people, and how to ensure they are supported effectively.

It combines the latest research and practice to establish what works best when helping young homeless people and provides insights into their world through diary excerpts and interviews. Key issues covered include the relationship between...

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Overview

Young homeless people are ordinary young people trapped in an extraordinary situation. This accessible guide provides information and advice on how to understand the needs of these young people, and how to ensure they are supported effectively.

It combines the latest research and practice to establish what works best when helping young homeless people and provides insights into their world through diary excerpts and interviews. Key issues covered include the relationship between drug and alcohol misuse and youth homelessness, current policies on housing and support for homeless youths and strategies for renewing a young person's familial bonds and friendships after an experience of homelessness.

This book is an invaluable guide for anyone working with young homeless people, including youth workers, counsellors, social workers, residential care staff, teachers, health visitors and managers in the housing, education, health and social welfare sectors.

About the Author:
Phil Robinson, PhD, MPhil (Urban Policy), CQSW, is a qualified social worker who has worked for 35 years in both statutory and voluntary sectors. He is Chief Executive of Quarriers, a registered Scottish charity providing care and support for adults and children with a disability, children and families, young people, homeless young people, people with epilepsy and carers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843106111
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction What is this book about? 9

1 What is Youth Homelessness? 11

2 The Characteristics of Young Homeless People 23

3 A History of Youth Homelessness 37

4 Geographical Distribution of Youth Homelessness 57

5 Something to Do: Education, Training and Employment 67

6 Family: A Help or a Hindrance? 83

7 Friends and Acquaintances: Helping Young People to Maintain and Rebuild Social Networks 99

8 Drugs and Alcohol: Dealing with Substance Misuse 115

9 Housing and Support: Working for Sustainable Futures 135

10 The Human Factor: What Works when Responding to Adolescent Behaviour? 149

11 The Future of Services for the Homeless 167

Appendix The Quarriers Research Project: How Young Peoples Views can be Heard 179

Subject Index 185

Author Index 189

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