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Enabling Spaces CIC's 

Hoarding Best Practice Framework and Guidance

This framework and guidance is intended to be useful for adult social care, housing and other relevant agencies to work in partnership using an outcome focused, solution based models to working with people who hoard and self-neglect. 


This framework and guidance has been developed by the Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board (CSAB) in partnership with Enabling Spaces CIC. 


Enabling Spaces CIC is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that has been created to work directly with individuals who are affected by Hoarding Disorder and in addition, Self-Neglect and Domestic Squalor.

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The remains of a missing 87-year-old hoarder have been found buried under clutter in her home as neighbours say they hadn’t seen her for four years.

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Are You A Hoarder?

Take our hoarding quiz and find out if your belongings are impacting on your home and life.


1.Because of the number of possessions you have, how difficult is it to use the rooms in your Home?


2.How upsetting is it for you to have your home in its current condition?


3.How upsetting or concerning is it for others to have the home in its current condition?


4.Have other people or agencies tried to intervene (offer to help you tidy up) because of the clutter?


5.How difficult or distressing is it for you to get rid of things?


6.How often have you spent money you don’t really have because you saw something and “just had to have it.”



Rating Scale

0 = Not at all; 2 = mild; 4 = moderate; 6= severe; 8= extreme


If you answered above 2 to questions 1, 4, or 5, assess your situation and ask for feedback from someone you trust who knows you and ask for help accordingly. 


If you answered 2, keep an eye on your situation, as these questions are red flags.


If you answered 4 or higher to questions 2, 3, or 6, ask for feedback from a trusted friend who knows you and search within yourself for the reasons and your ability to tackle the problems yourself. 


If you have tried unsuccessfully numerous times, seek help to manage what may develop into a more serious problem.

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