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Everyday experiences of homeless young people in supported accommodation programs in Australia

Danby, Susan J., Farrell, Ann M., & Leiminer, Michele J. (2006) Everyday experiences of homeless young people in supported accommodation programs in Australia. Children and Society, 20(4), pp. 260-272.

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Abstract

This paper investigates young people's accounts of governance in their everyday lives within a Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) in regional Australia. The SAAP is a joint Commonwealth and State/Territory program for assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing transitional supported accommodation and support services. The paper provides accounts of how two young people, Monica and Brendan, make sense of their everyday lives in relation to how they make decisions (or have decisions made for them) in their everyday lives. The young people here are recognised as active agents who construct and negotiate their social realities. We focus, in particular, on how they describe influences that govern their everyday experiences. These two accounts present contrasting descriptions of social and interactional competence within a service that regulates their everyday lives, highlighting the challenges of policy formation on behalf of young people.

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ID Code: 7858
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information or for a copy of this article contact the author at s.danby@qut.edu.au
Keywords: childhood, social interaction, community services, sociology of childhood, social policy, homeless, young people
DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2005.00001.x
ISSN: 0951-0605
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Counselling Welfare and Community Services (160702)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 23 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:24

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