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Homelessness Good Practice Guide Launch

Published: 15 July 2010
Dr Nick Maguire

A researcher from Psychology has made a significant contribution to a Government Good Practice Guide.

Dr Nick Maguire, Clinical Psychologist in Psychology at the University of Southampton, contributed to the Good Practice Guide for Homelessness Services, launched today by Grant Shapps, Minister of State for Housing and Local Government. 

Nick Maguire said: "The Good Practice Guide makes clear the relationship between early childhood neglect and abuse and the behaviours which lead to homelessness, and sets out the urgent need for the provision of psychological interventions designed to enable individuals to address these problems.

"This is an extremely important piece of work", he continued, "and one of the first in highlighting the psychological factors implicated in the causes and maintenance of homelessness. It also emphasises the need for thorough evaluation of projects designed to improve the lives of homeless people, and details schemes which have been successful in doing this. It is hoped that as the document evolves it will continue to drive up standards of work with this vulnerable population."

The Good Practice Guide makes clear the relationship between early childhood neglect and abuse and the behaviours which lead to homelessness.

Dr Nick Maguire - Clinical Psychologist, Psychology

Dr Nick Maguire

Dr Nick Maguire is Associate Professor within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

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