Presentation on theme: "Homelessness and Occupational Justice Mary Melvin, Amy Sinclair, Cathy Healy, Nicola Greene, Megan OCarroll, Jessica Holland."— Presentation transcript:
Homelessness and Occupational Justice Mary Melvin, Amy Sinclair, Cathy Healy, Nicola Greene, Megan OCarroll, Jessica Holland
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
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 doesnt just mean sleeping on the streets, you dont have to be roofless to be considered homeless (Shelter 2006)
What Causes Homelessness? Economic factors: – Access – Location – Lack of security – Gender- women Social factors: – Domestic dispute – Environment
Homeless in Scotland Edinburgh as a city Homeless services OTs role Models Successful?
Homeless in Scotland Glasgow as a city Homeless services OTs role Models Successful?
Case Study Ann Anns History The Model of Human Occupation Occupational Therapy Intervention
Occupational Justice Occupation as a central feature of human existence Look 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.
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 benefits Financial debt Families: access to education problematic, potentially creating further difficulties for them in later life.
Conclusion Comparison of services The need for more OTs in this area A change in societys views
References: Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2002) More than a roof: A Report into Tackling Homelessness London: HMSO. ndex.htm. ndex.htm 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