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Hoarding and squalor
The Department of Health is aware of issues affecting service providers when responding to cases involving hoarding and squalor. The department acknowledges that these cases are complex and progress can be slow, with many not reaching a resolution. An objective may be to ensure safety for the person concerned.
Such circumstances are challenging - for the individual concerned, their families and neighbours and the broad range and number of service providers that respond to such cases.
By services working together, effective response and understanding will gradually develop over time, which in turn will provide improved outcomes for the people and animals living in these conditions.
People of all ages including children, may hoard or live in squalor and can be found in any type of housing and living situation.
Circumstances surrounding cases involving hoarding and squalor are not defined by financial means nor a person’s standing in the community.
Hoarding behaviour and squalid living environments can pose a number of associated problems and concerns in a person's life which may involve laws, policies and living requirements in areas as diverse as:
As part of a short term project, a hoarding and squalor practical resource is being developed to guide service delivery and practice and build service system capacity to respond to hoarding and squalor situations.
The development of the practical resource draws on a range of sources, including the expertise of Victorian service providers who have developed good practice approaches in working with people, their families, carers or neighbours affected by such cases.
The practical resource will be available in early 2013. For further information refer to the promotional flyer Service response to hoarding and squalor below.
The Department of Health Discussion paper hoarding and squalor, documents what is known about hoarding and squalor related behaviours and existing clinical and practical service response in Victoria.
The document has been split into the following sections:
This paper supports the short term project and is only available in soft copy, from the downloads section below.
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