The Key Principles of Harm Reduction are an innovative set of tools developed through the HR4Homelessness Project. The innovation lies in their capacity to translate existing experiences and knowledge on Harm Reduction into actionable guidance through an open, iterative and evolving framework.
The Key Principles aim to contribute to improving and transforming the services that shape access to and the quality of care that people experiencing homelessness who use drugs or alcohol receive. Further, they aim to support these services to respond to conditions that negatively influence marginalised and underserved communities’ social and health outcomes.
Key Principle 1: Human Rights
Key Principle 2: Meaningful Engagement
Key Principle 3: Target Risks & Harms
Key Principle 4: Pragmatism
Key Principle 5: Person Centred
Key Principle 6: Evidence-Informed
Key Principle 7: Accountability
In response, the Key Principles of Harm Reduction in Homeless Services aims to support service providers to implement activities that respect the rights of people experiencing homelessness who use drugs or alcohol, which are informed by evidence. It also intends to advance social justice transformations, respect service user decisions and priorities, and contribute to eliminating stigma and discrimination of the communities they work for and with.