- Report from the Lammy review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
MP David Lammy’s review highlights key points in the system which produce unequal outcomes for BAME people and makes clear recommendations for addressing these. It contains 35 recommendations, including introducing assessments of a young offenders’ maturity, exploring how criminal records could be ‘sealed’, and allowing some prosecutions to be ‘deferred’. David Lammy also urges the justice system to take major steps to increase diversity and transparency.
- MEAM policy ‘asks’ to Government
The Making Every Adult Matter coalition has published Multiple needs: time for political leadership, a new publication setting out the scale of the challenge, and the action that government must take in response to multiple needs. Members of the WY-FI Network and staff participated in the consultation for these policy ‘asks’.
- NICE guidance on physical health of people in prisons
The new NICE quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems of adults aged 18 years and older in prisons or young offender institutes. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. There is a useful interactive flowchart on the home page.
- ‘Mapping the Maze’ report on service provision for women with multiple needs
Mapping the Maze is a new report aiming to map service provision specifically for women facing homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental health, offending and complex needs generally. It finds that there is not enough help across the board for women in England and Wales. Support is extremely patchy – with some areas having a range of services for women, while others had very few or no services at all.
WY-FI’s quarterly policy bulletin containing key developments in policy affecting people with multiple needs and relevant publications for further reading. In this edition, you’ll find:
- Policy announcements and news including the Supported Housing consultation and the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper
- Key publications including the new NICE guidance on dual diagnosis and the final report of the Dame Carol Black Review into the impact on employment outcomes of alcohol and drug addiction
- Resources such as the Housing First principles and the Migrant Destitution toolkit
Published December 2016 Read more
WY-FI Briefing Note
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are seen as the key mechanism for implementing the NHS Five Year Forward View, which sets out the future vision of the NHS of better health and wellbeing, improved quality of care and a sustainable and efficient NHS. STPs will be place-based across 44 ‘footprint’ areas with multi-year plans built around the needs of local populations.
The West Yorkshire STP covers all of the six acute trusts (five in West Yorkshire plus Harrogate) and the eleven Clinical Commissioning Groups., and will be delivered by local health and care organisations working together across the region to support changes needed to improve services for the 2.6 million people who live in West Yorkshire.
“VCSE organisations can help to reach those who experience the greatest health inequalities. Particular emphasis should be given to engagement with people who are less frequently heard and who expereince the greatest inequalities in health outcomes.”
Published November 2016 Read more
In this edition, you’ll find:
- Policy announcements and news including the new Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers
- Key publications including a Commons Select Committee report on access to mental health services
- Resources such as the toolkit ‘Mental Health for Employers’
Published October 2016 Read more
WY-FI Briefing Note
The vanguards are part of a new initiative by NHS England to support the implementation of its Five Year Forward View, which sets out the future vision of the NHS. It emphasises:
- increased control for patients, families and communities
- better models of care
- ill health prevention throuogh partnership working.
Many of the New Models of Care are likely to benefit from partnership working with the Voluntary and Community sector. A total of 50 vanguards have been chosen across England as a result of rigorous selection processes and four of these are in West Yorkshire.
Published November 2015 Read more
In this edition, you’ll find:
- Key publications on prisons and on crisis care
- News, including a detailed update on the Spending Review
- Policy announcements, covering the Welfare and Work Bill and the Budget
- Further reading on the Mental Health Taskforce and other issues
Published October 2015 Read more
The Spending Review is the process by which the Government decides how to allocate money to pay for services, welfare and other activities. Each department sets out what it needs and the Treasury decides how funding will be allocated. This year, the departments are being asked to reduce their spending by £20billion over four years, which could have a powerful impact on local services.
The representation, based on research and evaluation undertaken over a period of more than two years across West Yorkshire, makes specific suggestions in respect of people who experience multiple needs and exclusion from public services. It is based on the Government’s commitments for a national focus on multiple needs made in the Autumn Statement and March 2015 Budget.
Our representation supports the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition proposal for a new national programme with focus on multiple needs, which would create a framework to better support around 58,000 people with multiple needs. Published August 2015 Read more
Recommendations for policymakers on supporting people with multiple needs
Making Every Adult Matter coalition
‘Solutions from the frontline’ shows that people experiencing a combination of homelessness, substance misuse, offending and mental health problems are not getting the support they need because policymakers are not consistently listening to them or the practitioners that support them. This report is based on the ideas and experiences of people with multiple needs. It sets out how the new Government, as well as national and local policymakers and commissioners, can act to reduce stigma, improve services and support people to achieve their ambitions. Published June 2015 Read more