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June 8th 2021

A warm welcome to Multiple Disadvantage Matters, the fortnightly newsletter from the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition.
New Briefing on Integrated Care Systems and Multiple Disadvantage

In the latest in our policy into practice series, we explore the role of Integrated Care Systems and the opportunity they pose to address the issues faced by people experiencing multiple disadvantage. Read the briefing here.
Latest policy news

Funding allocations for offender rehabilitation services announced

Charities and companies, which help rehabilitate offenders, have been awarded £200 million of government funding to help cut crime. The investment has been awarded to 26 organisations across England and Wales to fund bespoke services that help reduce reoffending, including women’s provision, employment support, mental health support and housing advice.

Homelessness and the private rented sector update

The eviction ban ended on 1 June, allowing court bailiffs to carry out evictions  within the private rented sector once again. The government has published guidance for tenants and landlords setting out when a person can and cannot be evicted. On 24 May 2021 the MHCLG also published a policy paper in response to the  Housing, Communities and Local Government  Select Committee’s report on Government’s actions to support the homelessness and private rented sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Target for one thousand probation officers recruited met

The Ministry of Justice has announced that more than 1,000 new trainee probation officers have been recruited to bolster the work the Probation Service does to cut crime, meeting a government target set last July. A further 1,500 are planned to be recruited this year as services are unified.

Resources From the Sector
Pride month
Its Pride month and we are highlighting a number of resources related to LGBTQ+ and multiple disadvantage. To find out more about support for people who are LGBTQ+, aged 16-25 and need support with housing or homelessness you can visit the Albert Kennedy Trust website. Mind has also published information about mental health support for people who are LGBTQ+. London Friend has published resources to help health care professionals and commissioners of drug and alcohol services for LGBTQ+ people.
Campaign to reform the Misuse of Drugs Act
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is the law that established our modern form of drug prohibition. After 50 years, it remains the basis for UK drug policy. Some campaigners say the Act has increased harm, damaged public health and exacerbated social inequalities, and are campaigning for the law to change.
Family Drug and Alcohol Courts
Drugs and alcohol misuse are a major factor in nearly two-thirds of the cases in which a local authority is taking parents to court due to suspected child abuse or neglect. The Centre for Justice Innovation has published a briefing outlining what is different about Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, which use a problem solving approach to help parents become free from substance misuse, so they can be safely reunited with their children
Probation reforms and the voluntary sector
The new probation model is due to be introduced in June 2021. In response, Clinks has launched a survey to help us better understand the role of the voluntary sector in the new probation model - and specifically the impact of the commissioning model on the ability of voluntary organisations to engage with the new probation programme.
Homeless Link Excellence Awards open for entry
Homeless Link has  launched the fourth year of the Homeless Link Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate the best of the homelessness and supported housing sector, shining a spotlight on practice such as providing high quality accommodation options and creating inclusive and compassionate support services. This year’s categories include Home Safe, People First, Prevention Into Action and Stronger Voice. The awards are open for
 applications from any organisation that is a member of Homeless Link until 10am 6th September.
Learning Opportunities

A health-led approach to drug policy 2021
The Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Taskforce will be hosting a webinar on the 9th June with talks from national & international Leaders in health led approaches to drugs, discussing policy developments in 2021.

Centre for Homelessness Impact: End it with evidence
The Centre for Homelessness Impact has now opened registrations for a week-long series of talks from 7-11th June, including workshops and discussions on how to use evidence and data to tackle homelessness.

Children of alcohol dependent parents webinar
Public Health England is hosting a webinar on the 29th June which will explore the increase in drinking since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact this is having on vulnerable families, and signpost available resources and support. 

Frontline Network annual conference
The Frontline Network is hosting its annual conference online on the 24th June aimed at frontline staff working across the UK with people experiencing homelessness. The event will include a series of speakers from across the UK, highlighting interesting and creative ways in which they are navigating and overcoming barriers in their work.

Keeping you up to date at this time
Our priority in this difficult period remains people facing multiple disadvantage and the people who support them. If you have any questions, comments or issues you would like to raise, please contact any member of the MEAM team.  

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