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Displaying items by tag: Research

Revolving Doors is a charity working across England to change systems and improve services for people with multiple problems, including poor mental health, who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

Their mission is to demonstrate and share evidence of effective interventions and to promote reform of public services through partnerships with political leaders, policy makers, commissioners and other experts and by involving people with direct experience of the problem in all their work.

Their three areas of work are:

  • Policy and research (where they work with policymakers in national and local government, across Whitehall and in local and regional authorities to improve responses for the revolving doors group).
  • Partnership and development (where they work with organisations and individuals across England and Wales to demonstrate solutions for the revolving doors group).
  • Service user involvement (which brings together people from different areas of the country who have experience of multiple and complex needs and have had contact with the criminal justice system to ensure that everything they do is rooted in the reality of people's experiences).
Published in User-Voices Practice

Homeless Link have published a briefing paper Better Together: Preventing Reoffending & Homelessness in connection with a research project they carried out with the criminal justice and homelessness sectors on how they work together to prevent re-offending and homelessness.

This briefing brings together the principles and practical suggestions for probation staff which were gathered during the project.

Published in Housing Policy

This research examines the cost-effectiveness (in terms of impact on crime and health care) of substance misuse treatment for young people. It concludes that "the immediate and long-term benefits of specialist substance misuse treatment for young people are likely to significantly outweigh the cost of providing this treatment".

Published in Drugs Policy

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

The research explores the views and perspectives of family members of substance users on the relationship between alcohol, drugs and domestic abuse. It highlights the need for support and resources of family members and makes recommendations for policy and practice.

Published in Relationships Policy

This research examines the influence of family during childhood in forming future drinking habits and explores how different economic circumstances, parenting styles and parents’ drinking behaviours influence how children view and understand alcohol. The report provides a children’s perspective on exposure to family drinking and identifies implications for policy and practice, including the need for providing parental guidance and ways to do so.

Published in Relationships Policy

Paper summarising the evidence from research about domestic violence perpetrator programmes, which are multi-agencies interventions aimed at providing a 'safe and meaningful' opportunity for domestic violence perpetrators to stop being violent. This briefing examines and assesses the existing evidence of the effectiveness of both criminal justice based programmes (usually run by probation or prison staff) as well as community based programmes.

Published in Relationships Policy

Research looking at the Families First project, a multi-agency support service which provides advice, social work intervention and parenting support for adults and families with substance use issues. The project aims at providing intensive short-term support so that children of problem drug users on the verge of being removed from the family are safely able to stay with their parents (or other relatives). The research shows short term successes (at 12-month follow up), although the longer term effect is not known and would require further study.

Published in Relationships Policy

This research shows the widespread disadvantage and unstable lives endured by children and young people serving time in custody. It found that more than a quarter had been in care, 20% had self-harmed, 11% had attempted suicide, and 12% had been bereaved, losing either a parent or sibling. More than half came from deprived backgrounds and a similar proportion had run away from home at some point. It also found that around three-quarters had absent fathers, while a third had experienced their mother's absence.

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
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