a1 Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London E-mail: email@example.com
a2 Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
a3 School of Health and Medicine, University of Lancaster E-mail: email@example.com
a4 Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, St. George's, University of London & Kingston University E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interagency working is a recurrent theme in homelessness policy literature, but is ill defined and rarely addressed in UK homelessness research. This article draws on findings from a study that explored how interagency working is achieved between statutory and voluntary sector services concerned with improving the health of people experiencing homelessness. We argue that a focus on the health needs and behaviours perceived as being a risk to the general population directly influences interagency working and how professional networks organise themselves. The findings are discussed with reference to the impact of social policy on the health of people who are homeless.
(Online publication August 05 2011)