Homeless careers: A framework for intervention

Chamberlain, C and MacKenzie, D 2006, 'Homeless careers: A framework for intervention', Australian Social Work, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 198-212.

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Title Homeless careers: A framework for intervention
Author(s) Chamberlain, C
MacKenzie, D
Year 2006
Journal name Australian Social Work
Volume number 59
Issue number 2
Start page 198
End page 212
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The present paper identifies three 'homeless careers' abstracted from the diversity and complexity of individual cases and pathways. These are the 'youth career', the 'housing crisis career' and the 'family breakdown career'. The paper discusses the usefulness of the career typology for framing interventions. A core argument is that early intervention involves different forms of practice in each pathway. For young people, early intervention has to occur when they are at the 'in-and-out' stage, before they have made a permanent break from family. For adults experiencing housing crisis, early intervention is about providing assistance to people before they lose their accommodation. The family breakdown career commonly involves domestic violence, so although early intervention may involve family reconciliation, in many cases it involves supporting victims of domestic violence to move to alternative, secure accommodation.
Subject Clinical Social Work Practice
Keyword(s) homeless career
housing crisis
family breakdown
early intervention
DOI - identifier 10.1080/03124070600651903
Copyright notice © 2006 Australian Association of Social Workers
ISSN 0312-407X
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