In Sept 2018, Newham, Islington, City and Hackney & Lambeth’s Safeguarding Adults Boards undertook a combined review to understand the barriers that prevented partner agencies protecting ‘Yi’, an adult at risk of chronic homelessness, from serious harm. Chronic homelessness is typified by prolonged periods of homelessness, including rough sleeping, together with physical, mental ill health and/or substance misuse.
The review, led by independent reviewer Fiona Bateman, identified learning and recommendations for both local SABs and wider learning for the London Safeguarding Adults Board. This included:
- improving knowledge within the workforce of the legislative framework for health, housing and social care
- creating greater understanding of the role of the voluntary and community sectors
- ensuring Policy/guidance directly addresses common barriers to effective interventions and provides mechanisms for overcoming these
The full report, including a statement from the SAB Chairs, can be found on the LSAB website.