‘It’s about having a safe space, not just a roof’
Soaring rents, stagnant rates of housing benefit, and many more families facing homelessness. The investments in the drug strategy and rough sleeping strategy are a vital intervention but we need to heed Crisis’ call for a more preventative homelessness system (p15). There’s a key role for drug and alcohol workers here in making the integrated care systems a reality, right from the commissioning stage, so in this issue we’ve had a look at some of the excellent work going on around the country to address homelessness and the many complexities that relate to it.
It’s all about having a safe space, and not just a roof over your head. And that’s where all those different elements of support are so important, whether they offer a refuge from abusive relationships, a chance to break with a compulsive behaviour such as gambling, or a chance to detox or stabilise.
These are, of course, demanding roles – and you need to be confident as well as qualified to work well with such diverse tasks and specific issues that have a direct bearing on someone’s health and wellbeing. It’s not the situation to take a guess. So here’s an interesting question: has your training and professional development suffered at all since the pandemic (p16-17)? Have a read and let us know because we’re looking at careers in our next issue. Are you getting the support you need?
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Claire Brown, editor
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