The role of social housing in the ‘care’ and ‘control’ of tenants with mental health problems

PARR, Sadie (2010). The role of social housing in the ‘care’ and ‘control’ of tenants with mental health problems. Social Policy and Society, 9 (01), p. 111.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746409990248
Link to published version:: 10.1017/S1474746409990248

Abstract

Social housing is at the intersection of two policy agendas, namely anti-social behaviour and community care. This means that tenants with mental ill-health might at once be defined as vulnerable and in need of support to enable them to live independently, but simultaneously their behaviour may be viewed as a threat to the safety of others serving to legitimatise disciplinary and punitive forms of intervention on the grounds of 'difference'. This paper focuses on the role of housing professionals in the management of cases of ASB involving people with mental ill-health. It argues that housing practitioners are not adequately equipped to make judgements on the culpability of 'perpetrators' who have mental ill-health and ensure their response is appropriate. This raises questions about the training housing officers receive, and more broadly, whether the competing policy aims of community care and ASB can be reconciled.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746409990248
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 10:50
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2012 10:50
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4616

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