Taking action when someone dies while street homeless

Each year, people die while homeless on the streets. These deaths rarely instigate formal review, but lessons must be learned for effective safeguarding and prevention.

This guidance covers how services can respond to, and learn from, the death of someone sleeping rough. Whether through a Safeguarding Adults Review or multi-agency process, each death should be fully investigated. Voluntary and statutory servies need to understand the circumstances of a person's death in order to identify missed opportunities for intervention and take action to prevent avoidable deaths in future.

We also recommend reading 'Safeguarding, homelessness and rough sleeping: An analysis of Safeguarding Adults Reviews' from NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, King's College London - or follow the link below to a blog by Bruno Ornelas from VOICES of Stoke, one of the report's authors.

Taking action following the death of someone sleeping rough

Briefing on the role of voluntary and statutory sector agencies in reviewing the circumstances when someone sleeping rough has died. Includes Safeguarding Adults Reviews, the role of the Coroner, and multi-agency reviews.

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Jo Prestidge

Head of National Practice Development

Jo is Head of National Practice Development at Homeless Link.