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Everybody needs good neighbours: an evaluation of an intensive project for families facing eviction

Hill, M. and Dillane, J. and Bannister, J. and Scott, S. (2002) Everybody needs good neighbours: an evaluation of an intensive project for families facing eviction. Child and Family Social Work, 7 (2). pp. 79-90. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

This paper presents details of a largely qualitative evaluation of an intensive multi-method Project, with a residential component, which aims to help families facing eviction to overcome their housing-related difficulties. The families served by the Project had a host of other problems related to parenting, with child care and protection issues, addictions and mental health difficulties figuring prominently. Just over half the referrals came from the local authority housing services, with nearly all the remainder coming from the social work department. The majority of families made good progress, but in some cases it proved harder to have an impact on parenting than on tenancy-related matters. Nevertheless, the Project was deemed to have helped some families stay together or be reunited, resulting in substantial financial savings for social work services. Crucial ingredients were good management, stable staff, shared ‘ownership’ by other agencies, a repertoire of challenging methods, and a holistic approach.