What is it about?

This paper explores the links between housing and well-being. Access to appropriate and affordable housing should be a key concern for social work. This paper explores contemporary housing policy and practice issues and sets out four case-studies which illustrate a range of key housing issues. This paper will be a valuable resource for qualified social workers, social work students and practice educators. Social work and social policy academics will find the case-studies helpful as a resource to use and adapt in teaching sessions.

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Why is it important?

Housing should be a key area of concern for social work students and practitioners. The links between housing and well-being are well established and there is a need to understand contemporary housing practice and policy issues to effectively work with a wide range of service users. Equally the authors hope that the case-studies explored in this paper will be useful for social work academics to use and adapt in the classroom.


Writing this article was a great opportunity to collaborate with a colleague with who I had worked at a previous organisation and to draw on our respective strengths. I hope that you find this article thought provoking and that it will be of interest to social work students and academics, practice educators and qualified social workers.

Richard Machin
Nottingham Trent University

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This page is a summary of: It’s not just about where someone lives: educating student social workers about housing-related matters to promote an understanding of social justice, Social Work Education, May 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2019.1612867.
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