Presentation on theme: "Homelessness and Occupational Justice"— Presentation transcript:
1Homelessness and Occupational Justice Mary Melvin, Amy Sinclair, Cathy Healy,Nicola Greene, Megan O’Carroll, Jessica Holland
2Aim: 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
3Definition 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)
4What Causes Homelessness? Economic factors:AccessLocationLack of securityGender- womenSocial factors:Domestic disputeEnvironment
5Homeless in Scotland Edinburgh as a city Homeless services OTs role ModelsSuccessful?
6Homeless in Scotland Glasgow as a city Homeless services OTs role ModelsSuccessful?
8Occupational 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.
9Social 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.
10Conclusion Comparison of services The need for more OTs in this area A change in society’s views
11References: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