The programme ‘Helping young people feel at home in Scotland: building collaborative and integrated services for youth homelessness through a Reflexive Mapping Approach for health and social care integration’ explores the potential design of a multi-agency guidance for cooperation and interdependence in the provision of services for homeless youth that can incorporate all their needs and aspirations.

In Scotland, the number of homelessness applications increased in 2018. Applications from young people (28%) present particular challenges as there are complex needs affecting both the young person and their families, simultaneously. Despite, a series of policies that recognise the need for a holistic and integrated response across health and social care sectors, gaps on cooperation and communication between services still exist. In general, services are more focused to respond crisis period of homelessness rather to address equally other phases of this context such as prevention (early intervention) and sustainability outside the homelessness cycle.

This programme seeks to provide a space for meaningful interaction between different sectors working with youth homelessness, policy makers, front-line staff and young people experiencing homelessness to share an essential and critical commitment to build service provision that incorporate their views and needs. Not just giving voice to homeless youth but listening to their voices and learning from this process to implement social change.

The programme use a Reflexive Mapping Approach methodology structured around the Youth Homelessness Trajectory through services.

*Image reproduced by a young participant experiencing homelessness during a series of workshops on health promotion and citizenship delivered by DHRU – University of Dundee in partnership with Rock Trust, with the permission of the author. Edinburgh, 2016

Programme aims

  • To share knowledge, policy implementation and practices on youth homelessness in multidisciplinary contexts;
  • To create new communication channels as a platform to discuss how to best enhance active cooperation between services through a co-designed strategy that places the young people at the centre;
  • To collect experiences from homeless youth to identify key elements of service provision they find are essential to meet their needs at the right time of their journeys, maximizing access and engagement to services.
  • To mobilize further investment in collaborative work/practices that addresses the diverse health and social care needs of these young people helping them to go through their care pathways as they transition from homelessness to home and from adolescence to adulthood.

The programme expected outcomes are to ensure that the new insights generated will respect and acknowledge youth’s contributions and will support front-line staff and their services to provide a more inclusive and interconnected support - underpinned by the principles of mutual dialogue and shared solutions.  

Programme Team

Dr Andrea Rodriguez, University of Dundee

Professor Ruth Freeman, University of Dundee

Professor Gerry Humprhis, University of St Andrews

Margaret-Ann Brunjes, Glasgow Homelessness Network

Moira Mackay, Rock Trust

Gavin Crichton, Active Inquiry Arts Company

Jules Oldham, Homelessness Action Scotland

Professor Isobel Anderson, University of Stirling 

Derek Hart, Action for Children

Dr Ann Swinney, University of Dundee

Dr Fernando Fernandes, University of Dundee

Celia Watt, NHS Lanarkshire

Clayse Moreira, Center for the Defense of the Rights of Children and Adolescents – CEDECA Rio, Brazil

Ailsa Mcallister, Health and Social Care Partnership Dundee City Council

Dr Marit Ursin, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Deborah Nolan, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, University of Strathclyde

Neiva Vieira, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

Nilza Rogéria Nunes, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sabrina Galella, A Way Home Scotland

Dave Close, Hot Chocolate Trust

Janice Stevenson, LGBT Youth Scotland

Lewis O’Neill, Scottish Youth Parliament

Siyang Yuan, University of Dundee

Final Report


Video with subtitles in English: Helping Young People Feel at Home


Video with subtitles in Portuguese: Oferecendo suporte aos jovens sem teto 


Oferecendo suporte aos jovens sem teto (Helping young people feel at home) from scotinsight on Vimeo.

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