A Vulnerable Population Sub Group

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In this assignment I will select a vulnerable population sub-group and consider how social science contributes to understanding the social problems encountered by this group. I will do this by firstly explaining and identifying and locating the chosen sub group within the broader societal context. Next by explaining why the chosen sub group is considered to be vulnerable with reference to relevant theory and research based evidence. Then I will be identifying and explaining the role of relevant agencies, both non-governmental organisations and governmental in relation to welfare provision for the chosen sub group. Finally I will discussing the role of social science in informing public health and welfare practice in relation to the chosen…show more content…
According to crisis (a 2015) there were around 7,581 people who slept rough at some point in London alone during 2014/15, that’s around 15 per cent increase on the previous year, and that’s nearly double the figure of 3,673 in 2009/10. The main problem is a lack of housing. The quantity of new houses being constructed is not keeping up with demand, and the right to buy scheme which allows tenants to buy their council house, has affected the amount of social housing stock available. There are an estimated 500,000 people homeless in the UK - around the population of Bristol. Crisis has supported research of 480 homeless single people across the UK that shows almost half of all homeless people first become homeless under the age of 21, with most repeating the experience again because they do not get the help they need (channel4, 2014). The Guardian (2013) states that homelessness has increased for three straight years, partly because of a housing shortage and multiple cuts to benefits, with roughly 185,000 people a year now affected in England. Almost two out of twenty people will experience homelessness at some point in their life, with one in fifty people having experienced homelessness in the last several years (The Guardian 2013). Although there is almost an estimated half a million people
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