University of Dundee and University of St Andrews to launch a programme on integrated services to tackle youth homelessness in Scotland

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) announced on 7 January 2019 that a joint programme between the University of Dundee’s Dental Health Services Research Unit and the University of St Andrews’ WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy has been funded in their 2018 call on Cooperation and Interdependence programme series. The successful bid ‘Helping young people feel at home in Scotland: Building Collaborative and Integrated Services for Youth Homeless through a Reflexive Mapping Approach for Health and Social Care Integration’ seeks to address the need for health and social care service integration that more effectively serves youth who are homeless. The team will use a reflexive mapping approach to allow practitioners in different fields, policy makers and young people with lived experience of homelessness to come together and share views and practices on this. Additional details available here.

The programme includes, amongst others, collaborators from:

  • Glasgow Homeless Network
  • Rock Trust
  • Homelessness Action Scotland
  • University of Stirling
  • The Centre For Youth And Criminal Justice, University of Strathclyde
  • Action for Children
  • Scottish Drugs Forum
  • Active Inquiry Arts Company
  • Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Cardiff University
  • Dundee City Council
  • NHS Lanarkshire, Fife, Tayside, Health Scotland, and Education for Scotland
  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • National Secretariat for the Promotion of the Rights of Children and Adolescents, Brazil

SUII Knowledge Exchange Programmes
The SUII supports programmes that address substantial issues facing Scotland and the wider world, which have the capacity to extend knowledge and inform policy and/or practice. SUII programmes aim to stimulate in-depth knowledge exchange and mobilisation through workshops, seminars, and other activities over a period of several months. In particular SUII aims to encourage knowledge exchange activity that would not otherwise take place, including novel partnerships to explore new developments and possibilities for improving policy and practice.