Safeguarding Adults Reviews and homelessness: making the connections

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Purpose: This paper presents the results of a thematic analysis of safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) where homelessness was a factor to illuminate and improve safeguarding practice and the support of adults who are homeless in England. Design/methodology/approach: SARs were identified from a variety of sources and a thematic analysis was undertaken using data extraction tables. Findings: In addition to identifying shortcomings in inter-agency co-operation, SARs highlighted a failure to recognize care needs and self-neglect among people with experience of homelessness and evidenced difficulties in engagement between professionals and people with experience of homelessness. Research limitations/implications: The authors may have failed to find some SARs in this category (there is no central registry). SARs vary in quality and in detail; some were not full reports. The approach to people’s experience of homelessness was broad and covered more than the circumstances of people who were rough sleeping or living on the streets. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the current practice debates and policy initiatives in respect of homelessness and safeguarding in England. It may have wider relevance in the rest of the UK and internationally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Adult Protection
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • Adults
  • Care Act
  • Homelessness
  • Inquiry
  • Legal
  • Safeguarding adults reviews


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