Presentation on theme: "Homelessness and Occupational Justice"— Presentation transcript:
1 Homelessness and Occupational Justice Mary Melvin, Amy Sinclair, Cathy Healy,Nicola Greene, Megan O’Carroll, Jessica Holland
2 Aim: The aim of our presentation is: To evaluate the services provided to homeless people in Scotland, focusing on Edinburgh and Glasgow, two of the biggest cities in Scotland
3 Definition of Homelessness In the broadest sense homelessness is the problem faced by people who lack a place to live that is supportive, affordable and secure.(ODPM (2002)Being homeless doesn’t just mean sleeping on the streets, you don’t have to be roofless to be considered homeless (Shelter 2006)
4 What Causes Homelessness? Economic factors:AccessLocationLack of securityGender- womenSocial factors:Domestic disputeEnvironment
5 Homeless in Scotland Edinburgh as a city Homeless services OTs role ModelsSuccessful?
6 Homeless in Scotland Glasgow as a city Homeless services OTs role ModelsSuccessful?
8 Occupational JusticeOccupation as a central feature of human existenceLook beyond ‘work’. Occupations are all ways in which we occupy ourselves. (Townsend 2003)Homelessness can affect how a person carries out an occupation with fair treatment from society.Being homeless can impact on both physical and mental health. This can affect carrying out occupations.
9 Social exclusion‘Homelessness is not an isolated problem, but part of a broader phenomenon of social exclusion’ (housingrights.org.uk)Evidence of identity required to obtain financial services or receiving benefitsFinancial debtFamilies: access to education problematic, potentially creating further difficulties for them in later life.
10 Conclusion Comparison of services The need for more OTs in this area A change in society’s views
11 References:Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2002) More than a roof: A Report into Tackling Homelessness London: HMSO.Crisis UK- Fighting for hope for homeless people,Shelter (2006)Shelter (2007)- Homelessness fact sheets.Scottish executive publications (2007) Homelessness- An Action plan for prevention and effective response report from the homelessness task force to Scottish ministers