From pillar to post: homeless women's experiences of social care

Ailsa M Cameron*, Hilary A Abrahams, Karen J Morgan, Emma Williamson, Lorna W Henry

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This paper reports findings from a longitudinal study of homeless women. Thirty-eight women were recruited with a retention rate of 58% over three rounds of interviews. Interviews explored specific events in women's lives, their current living arrangements and how their experiences and needs, including for social care, changed over time. Data were analysed thematically using a priori codes. Women reported a range of complex issues, consistent with experiences of deep social exclusion and received support from both statutory and voluntary agencies. Although women appreciated the support they received, many reported that services were fragmented and rarely personalised to their needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345–352
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number3
Early online date26 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • fragmentation
  • homelessness
  • personalisation
  • social care


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