This paper examines the links between homelessness and offending and provides a description of supported accommodation services provided by Sacro for offenders in Scotland and a summary of some of the main ﬁndings from research on the impact of supported accommodation for offenders. Finally, the paper identiﬁes a set of ‘critical issues’ for the consideration of practitioners that arise from the research and which may hinder the ability of the ex-offender to ‘move on’. These critical issues are: the ﬁnancial insecurity of many offenders; the relevance of family breakdown; multiple deprivation; overdependence; the negative effects of hostel accommodation; and offender diversity. These issues highlight the need for more research to explore the short and long-term effectiveness of supported accommodation services in Scotland, taking into account different models of service provision, the individual circumstances of homeless ex-offenders and the social and economic contexts of their lives.
|Number of pages||12|
|Specialist publication||CJSWDC Briefing Papers|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|