Homeless youth is referred as those people who do not have anyone to take care of them. They face a number of problems, and it is never easy for them to survive in those severe conditions. There are scores of females which feel trapped in their own houses, and they run away so that they can get an escape. Homeless and runaway youth are one of the most underserved and disadvantaged groups in our society because of their decision of running away from appalling environments in their homes.
Types of Mistreatment
There is a general misconception that all the adolescent females who run away from their homes are doing it for a wrong purpose but the reasons vary from person to person. However they face a lot of troubles, and people take their advantage (Wright, Attell & Ruel, 2017). Homeless females usually face the following mistreatments which lead the government to hire social services to deal with such issues.
- There is a high probability that these females get involved in illegal activities like, drug abuse and unprotected sex which will make their lives more miserable. They do not realize the severity of their mistakes when they are involved in these malpractices.
- There is an increase in anxiety, depression, and deterioration of self-esteem which eventually lead to suicide attempts.
- According to the latest research, almost 36% of people today are involved in activities like exchanging food for sex. Many homeless females engage themselves in exchanging drugs to earn money so that they do not starve to death.
- Adolescent homeless females are sexually abused. Sexual abuse is a pervasive yet ignored matter in many countries. They experience more violence on the streets than anyone else.
- Homelessness is never easy on these females, and they are usually mistreated because no one really cares about them. They start skipping school and as a homeless youth getting education become really difficult due to which they do not get a career and are exploited by society.
Role of Social Services
Social workers play a very important role in the situations mentioned above. When the government notices an increase in the rate of these incidents, the social services are alerted so that they can make sure that these females do not have to compromise on their education. Social services are designed in a way that they use a proper protocol to deal with the issues facing these homeless adolescent females.
These social services are engaged in a range of support activities for such population. They provide counseling sessions for the abused females, advocate for the rights of these females, and provide living arrangements for the homeless women. Homeless people especially women are considered as the most vulnerable population in the society (“Homeless and Runaway Youth”, 2016). These social workers fight for the rights of these homeless people. Every organization has its approach towards dealing with such issues.
The authorities, however, have made sure that in all these years to develop an appropriate system to address the troubles for homeless females. At Macro level these social workers plan strategies to minimize the harms brought to this group by the society and then they also implement these strategies appropriately. Social services not only fight for the rights of these females but also provide therapeutic services for these females. In most of the cases, the victims are traumatized by all the things they face in their lives after running away. It is the main reason why they need counseling and therapies to make sure everything gets better ahead in their lives.
Social service interventions also include providing means of generating incomes for the homeless females, shelter to the maximum number of people, mental health services, and legal services as well. There are many social services intervention that is directly administrated by the government (Gwadz et al., 2017). On a micro level, these volunteers send their agents for home study so that they can figure out if the parents are doing everything right. The safety of these females is necessary, and they make sure they are supporting this homeless population of females.
Moreover, certain workers in the social services department are assigned to keep a check and balance of everything. They evaluate all the home studies so that they do not miss out on any detail. These social interventions focus on every possible aspect of these issues which have been mentioned in this paper. There are a number of social services interventions which help these homeless by improving the quality of life they are being provided in their homes so that the females especially do not feel the urge to escape from their own homes. They make sure they prevent and control abusive acts not only on the streets but in the homes as well so that none of the females want to leave their houses in the first place.
To conclude there needs to be a check and balance on everything that the social services do in order to make sure they are doing everything right. Social services focus on protecting the homeless adolescent females. They aim to provide safety and rights to these females so that they can decrease the number of females who get sexually abused on the streets and get involved in illegal acts to earn money. Therefore, social services play a significant role in protecting rights of the homeless adolescent females.
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