Healthy children, safer communities - a strategy to promote the health and well-being of children and young people in contact with the youth justice systemWritten by Works for Freedom (17/05/11)
This cross-government strategy aims to promote the health and well-being of children and young people in contact with the youth justice system. It encourages specialist interventions that divert more youngsters from the justice system to appropriate services; it also seeks to ensure that all young people receiving a community or custodial sentence have a healthcare plan that addresses their specific needs.
Early intervention is recognised as being an important tool in preventing social disadvantage and inequality. Yet, despite expansion and investment in early years provision in the UK, it is children from disadvantaged backgrounds who use these services least. The objective of this report is to understand why some parents who are entitled to use early years services don’t do so: it voices their concerns and expectations. The report includes recommendations on effective outreach and engagement with parents and workforce development in this area. A slide pack for practitioners is also available, providing suggestions on how to deliver services that engage with and support parents.
People aged 60 and over are now the fastest growing age group in the prison estate. This report outlines good practice in the work that prison staff carry out with older prisoners. It also argues that such work is not being properly supported by government and too often depends on the goodwill and enthusiasm of individual staff.
There are eight Mother and Baby Units located within prisons and Secure Training Centres in England. This discussion paper looks at whether or not these units are the most appropriate location and environment for women and their young children who need to be in a secure setting. This document is aimed at: policy makers responsible for developing policy on women’s prisons; politicians and parliamentarians with an interest in prison reform; and members of the judiciary.
In 2008-2009 there were an estimated 293,000 incidents of domestic violence in England and Wales. In 2008 in the UK, 73% of female homicide victims knew the main or only suspect at the time of the offence. 48% were killed by their partner, ex-partner or lover. This document makes the case for violence minimisation measures, harm prevention and community engagement with domestic violence perpetrators.
The reports argues that around 450,000 parents have mental health difficulties; and as only a quarter are in employment, their children will be particularly vulnerable to child poverty. The onset of mental health problems in parents can cause financial problems associated with employment, benefits, debt and housing; financial problems in these areas also cause and further exacerbate their mental illness. The report contains policy recommendations to help address these fundamental issues.
This policy document focuses on the challenges presented when supporting adults facing multiple needs and exclusions and their families. Adfam notes that adults with multiple or complex needs may be affected by substance use, mental health problems, homelessness, offending, disability or other factors. This policy briefing provides resources for those working with adults with multiple needs from family members to those involved in delivering services on multiple needs.
This paper examines the links between family involvement and recovery from drug dependency. It argues that recovery and the family are mutually reinforcing and suggests ways to improve outcomes for problematic drug users, their families and wider society. Among the key messages are: families of drug users are relied upon to provide support without being adequately supported themselves; they subsidise treatment and care provision; the welfare system penalises such families.
Reducing re-offending: supporting families, creating better futures. A framework for improving the local delivery of support for the families of offenders.Written by Works for Freedom (04/04/11)
This framework sets out how the 'Think family' philosophy and practice can be implemented to improve support for the children and families of those caught up in the criminal justice system. Practitioners should find it especially useful as it brings together in one place the tasks that should be followed in regard to supporting children and families.