Homelessness: Death

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Bird Lord Bird Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) guidance, (2) instructions, and (3) resources they provide to local authorities for Safeguarding Adult Reviews in relation to the deaths of homeless people; how many homeless people they estimate died in the last year for which figures are available; in how many of those cases Safeguarding Adult Reviews were carried out; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such reviews are carried out more often.

Photo of Lord Bird Lord Bird Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) collate Safeguarding Adult Reviews in relation to the deaths of homeless people, and (2) conduct a review to identify patterns and amend policy accordingly.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have not provided guidance, instructions or resources to local authorities for Safeguarding Adult Reviews related to the death of homeless people.

At present we do not hold data on how many homeless people died in the last year. Our statistics on Adult Safeguarding Reviews does not include information on place of residence, however, the Office for National Statistics is preparing to publish official estimates in December as experimental statistics.

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