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Displaying items by tag: People with disabilities

Evaluation of the Family Pathfinders’ Programme, which pilots new ways of multi-agency working to support families with complex problems such as poverty, domestic abuse, poor mental health and substance misuse. The emerging findings of this programme provide practical examples of how local authorities can restructure service provision and develop new new working practices in response to the challenge of improving outcomes for these families.

Published in Relationships Policy

Street Stories


How does someone become homeless? Homeless people tell their stories and interview their peers in this illuminating piece of oral history. Themes that emerge coalesce around ten broad headings: homelessness; childhood; family and relationships; women and homelessness; physical and mental health; money, crime, surviving; work and benefits; attitudes to homeless people; anxieties and aspirations; recovery.

Published in Housing Policy

This paper examines the links between homelessness and offending and provides a review of research on the impact of supported accommodation. It also identifies critical issues that arise from the research and which may hinder the ability of the ex-offender to ‘move on, including: financial insecurity, family breakdown, multiple deprivation, overdependence, the negative effects of hostel accommodation.

Published in Housing Policy

Examines how models of service user involvement in health research (especially in secure hospitals) can be applied to mental health care in prisons. Also argues that there are established examples of service user engagement in prisoner councils and in prison health service development, such as self-managed care and the expert patient programmes, which could be expanded and rolled out.

Published in User-Voices Policy

A report highlighting that children with learning disabilities and other impairments (e.g. low IQ, special educational needs) are more likely to go to prison because the youth justice system is failing to recognise their needs. Drawing on the views of Youth Offending Teams, the study identifies a lack of routine screening and assessment of support needs and argues that youth justice agencies are not fulfilling their legal duty to prevent discrimination.

Published in Learning & Work Policy

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.

Published in Relationships Policy

Guidance on dealing with complex psychological and emotional needs from the National Mental Health Development Unit and the Department for Communities and Local Government.It is designed to assist a wide range of key workers and providers, including social workers, drug and alcohol workers, prison and probation housing advice staff, offender managers, health and mental workers staff, local commissioners and councillors.

Published in Health Policy

This briefing outlines key issues about the funding of the Supporting People programme and warns that in some areas up to 40 per cent of voluntary sector provision for homeless people could be lost due to funding cuts. 14 leading organisations in the field have produced and subscribed to this document, which also outlines the key facts about Supporting People.

Published in Housing Policy

'Dancing to Our Own Tunes' reports on a national consultation with BME mental health services users on their experiences. It takes a stand against tokenism and highlights several barriers to meaningful involvement, including overt and covert racism faced by people in these spaces. It makes a number of recommendations, including the need to link mental health services to broader race and rights based initiatives to do with education, citizenship rights, social inclusion, employment etc.

Published in User-Voices Policy

This paper outlines good practice in supporting people with mental health issues to find employment. It examines the outcomes of an employment programme organised via multi-agency partnerships. It concludes that, 'given the right approach, it is possible to help many more people with offending histories to get and maintain paid competitive employment' and gives recommendations on how to help achieve this, including that prisons and probation services need to be building better links with local employers.

Published in Learning & Work Policy
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