Homelessness and user involvement: an international comparison

Greensmith, Maria (2011) Homelessness and user involvement: an international comparison. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This paper provides an international comparison of the extent of user participation amongst homeless people in Denmark and the UK, by utilising previous literature.
    This paper has found that, generally, user involvement across the UK – in hostels and day centres – is currently mostly consultative, and subsequently tokenistic. The development of both a Danish national user organisation, called SAND, and a user network in the UK, called Groundswell, provide examples of how social workers can support homeless people inpartaking in more meaningful involvement. However, it was further found that issues of structural inequality, power imbalances and resources have a detrimental impact on such organisations, restricting their scope to challenge broader issues.

    Based on the findings within this paper, the student recommends that UK social workers should provide forums for meaningful participation, at local and national levels, that address both service-based and structural issues. Prior to this, social workers, in partnership with Groundswell and service users, must enable wide-scale participatory action-research and training for homeless people and staff in these areas.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2011 16:17
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:44
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4688

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