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SPF Principles: Shelter Admissions and Referrals

i. The SPF advocates inclusion not displacement. No person should be turned away from a shelter without clear motivation. ii. Knowingly omitting critical information about a client when referring a client to a shelter erodes trust between agencies. This can lead to clients be refused shelter because of an organisation or case worker’s reputation for [...]

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SPF Principles: Car Guards

i. Some people earn their income guarding cars. ii. There are various levels of service in this informal industry making it difficult for car owners to evaluate whether to pay or how much is fair if they do. iii. The SPF encourages car owners to use their discretion in evaluating this service. Here are some [...]

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SPF Principles: Begging and beggars

i. The SPF supports the call to members of the public to refrain from giving money or any other hand-out to children on the street. Such hand-outs contravene child labour legislation and frustrate the work of organisations working with children. ii. The SPF calls for compassionate engagement with adult street-based people. iii. Begging is not [...]

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SPF Principles: Labels: what’s in a name?

i. Terminology is important and labels can hurt people. ii. The SPF uses the term “Street People” to describe a phenomenon not to describe individual people. iii. The SPF encourages the use of the term “street-based people” to describe individuals who find themselves either living or earning a living on the streets of our urban [...]

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