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Displaying items by tag: Policy

User Voice


User Voice exists to reduce offending. Our work is led and delivered by those who have been given criminal sanctions by the police or the courts who consistently foster dialogue between users and providers of services within the criminal justice system. User Voice strives to provide ways that enable unheard voices to make a difference, to urge policy-makers and people with power who make decisions to listen.

Published in User-Voices Practice

The report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy aims to break taboos on debating current one-directional policies. It states that "the global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world". The report's main recommendations include: ending the criminalisation, marginalisation and stigmatisation of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others; encouraging experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organised crime; offering health and treatment services to those in need; investing in prevention.

Published in Drugs Policy

The Government’s strategy to tackle domestic violence is set out in the 'Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls' action plan.The action plan aims at preventing violence in the home by 'challenging the attitudes and behaviours which foster it and intervening early where possible to prevent it'. It also aims to 'provide adequate levels of support where violence does occur'.

Published in Relationships Policy

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.

Published in Relationships Policy

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.

Published in Relationships Policy

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.

Published in Relationships Policy

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.

Published in Relationships Policy

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.

Published in Relationships 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

This briefing argues for the importance of housing advices services at a time of record-high prisoners numbers and public spending cuts. Housing advice and support to prisoners can enable them to acquire and maintain safe, suitable accommodation on their release. Outlines good practice and effective projects and their impact on rehabilitation.

Published in Housing Policy
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