Do Barriers in Promoting Access to Health and Social Care Services Affect Young Homeless People?

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Introduction This discussion will explore how health and social care services are accessed by analysing a widespread variety of underlying issues that affect the planning and delivery of health and social care services for young homeless service user groups also differentiating the similarities and differences of young homeless people’s needs and assess the quality of care offered by professionals when they use their interpersonal skills to this particular service user group. A group did a poster on this topic, so therefore there will be reflections on how well they have worked together as a team to achieve their goals. This will also overall explain current issues that young homeless service user groups face in the health and social care sector. Youth Homelessness Definition and Causes Firstly, there needs to be a definition of youth homelessness. This subject is an ever growing concern in health and social care and in society as young people are vulnerable and they would need food, drink and shelter. CentrePoint (n.d) however states that homelessness doesn’t necessarily mean living on the streets. Homelessness can mean various classifications such as living with other tenants but due to the living conditions, it may not be suitable and appropriate for their needs. Young people often end up being homeless for many reasons; most common are problems with their families, usually with their parents or carers, and in most cases as a result of this young people are being told to leave home. Additionally, there are a variety of reasons of why young people enter homelessness with family breakdown; the most common on top of the list. Pierson (2010) states that one of the reasons why young people enter homelessness through family breakdo... ... middle of paper ... ...e who are intentionally made homeless voluntarily; who are legally defined as statutory homeless, whilst the non-statutory service users are being punished, although they can still receive help, but it is limited to an extent, depending on their individual circumstances, and so this grows concerns for the welfare of young homeless service users and could cause the possibility of social exclusion from society. In terms of similarity, although statutory homeless service users do receive social housing, non-statutory homeless service users also do, but on a temporary basis. So therefore, the main overall difference is, statutory homelessness means local authorities have to provide provisions whereas non-statutory homelessness are not legally required to provide provisions, however it is only based on whether local authorities see if it is appropriate to provide care.

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