Sandwell Council is asking agencies that encounter rough sleepers to complete a Rough Sleeper Estimate Form. To make this single figure as robust as possible, the Council is asking local agencies that encounter people who are sleeping rough to participate. It is important that agencies taking part understand the definition of rough sleeping and do not include people in hostels or shelters, sofa surfers, people in campsites or other sites used for recreational purposes or organised protest, squatters or travellers.
For the purpose of the estimate, rough sleepers are defined as:
People sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments). People in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or “bashes”).
Agencies should understand that the purpose of the estimate is to assess the numbers of people rough sleeping on the typical night chosen, rather than a larger sample of street activity or people using homelessness services.
This means that, for example: a person who sometimes sleeps rough but sometimes has accommodation/shelter will not be included in the estimate unless there is evidence that they did sleep rough on that night.
Again this year, Sandwell, Birmingham Wolverhampton, Walsall, Solihul, Coventry and Dudley have selected the 22nd November 2017 to do this year’s estimate.
If you would like to discuss this matter or require further information, please contact Pam Mander-Masonde on 0121 569 5224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org