Case Study: August to December 2020

A young man was sat on the street late at night in August was found by an organisation who deal with working women. They called me and said they were with someone who was homeless and asked if I would come and see him. I responded and went to see him. He seemed very young and vulnerable and spoke very quietly. I asked him his name, date of birth and lots of other information we usually ask. We filled out a form for a housing association and he was happy with this. He told us he had been convicted for arson previously so this limited his options. I knew his case would be difficult after this point as there are very few places that will accept people with previous convictions of arson because their insurance does not cover it. The young man also told me that he never wants to return to a hostel as he previously was bullied. After filling out the Humbercare form I said there was nothing I could do for him immediately as he didn’t want to go into hostels.

After further investigation I found out that this young man was convicted for arson at his previous Humbercare property, so he was banned from Humbercare.

After two weeks of working with the young man, he disappeared for two weeks. We then had a report that he was down a different road at the other side of Hull. We went to see him and tried to continue to work with him. My colleague asked him about his arson convictions and also about his drug intake as he had lied about both. This is when we began to see his quiet character change. This began my thoughts into thinking he could potentially be on the autistic spectrum as he struggles to communicate and processes information differently. After a few weeks down that street he then disappeared. We reported him as missing as we could not find him for one month.

As soon as I filed the report he appeared at probation and presented himself. This was another cause to my suspicion of autism as I feel he may have been trying to communicate something.

We then received a report to say he was sleeping at yet another side of Hull. Each of these 3 places were out in the open with no cover over his head. I am still unsure to why he chooses to sleep without cover. He was constantly wet through. Why didn’t he find somewhere with shelter to stop him and his belongings becoming wet?

We kept working with him and he was still willing to work with me. A week later the same colleague that asked him about his drug intake, asked him about his mother who he could no longer see. He began to be aggressive and threatened my colleague. It was then I realised that he didn’t like a direct approach and preferred to be talked to a bit more calmly and simplistically. We recommended that that colleague not return to see him as the young homeless man always got a bit upset around him (out of no fault of my colleague).

A few months had passed by with us trying every single option, however we were unsuccessful and the only options available for him were the hostels. We then received a call from the team at the hospital saying that he was in there but he had walked out and he potentially could have blood clots in the brain but they couldn’t confirm as he walked out before his MRI scan. We went to go find the young homeless man and he said that he did not want to go back into the hospital. I called a lady from the council and she agreed that it would be a risk to leave him on the streets for another night, so we managed to place him into a winter provision hostel which he was happy with. He didn’t go that night as he said that he needed to clear his thoughts and think about his behaviour at the hospital first. The next day he went into the winter provision and seemed like he was settling.

We went into the winter provision to see how he was doing, and he was clean and seemed well, we woke him up as he was sleeping. I was so happy that he was doing well. Two weeks after entering the winter provision he decided he was going to leave and handed his keys in. We now currently do not know where he has gone to, I am hoping we do find him.

There is a new winter provision coming and we are hoping to accommodate this young man in there so that he can get the support he needs in regards to his mental health. This winter provision will hopefully give him all the attention and support he needs to get to the bottom of his mental health and support needs.

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