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September 3rd 2021

A warm welcome to Multiple Disadvantage Matters, the fortnightly newsletter from the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition.
Latest policy news

Public Health England issues warning of sharp rise in number of drug overdoses

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning of a sharp rise in the number of overdoses linked to people using drugs in several areas across England. There are early signs that the overdoses may be caused by heroin mixed with a potent and dangerous synthetic opioid, but further work is needed to confirm any links between the cases.

Interim guidance on functions and governance of Integrated Care Boards

NHS England has published interim guidance that covers the expected governance requirements for Integrated Care Boards as outlined in the Health and Care Bill and the Integrated Care Systems design framework. It confirms the expected mandatory requirements (subject to legislation), as well as key considerations for system leaders as they design new health arrangements for April 2022.

Resources from the sector

Centre for Mental Health report

A new report published by the Centre for Mental Health sets out ten key areas where strategic investment could solve systemic issues in the mental health system, and enable services to better support people with a mental health difficulty.

Community Sentence Treatment Requirements programme in action

Clinks has published a blog looking at how Plymouth became one of the five original test sites for Community Sentence Treatment Requirements (CSTR). The CSTR programme aims to reduce reoffending and divert people from short-term custodial sentences by addressing the mental health, substance and alcohol misuse needs of individuals. This blog covers what the team in Plymouth have learnt, and how service users benefit from this change.

Briefing note on Dame Carol Black review on drugs

Collective Voice has published a briefing note that summarises the policy developments so far around Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review of Drugs and the government’s initial response to the review. Collective Voice will continue to update this briefing as more information becomes known, particularly with respect to the outcome of the Autumn Spending Review.

Independent review of the probation Dynamic Framework

Richard Oldfield has published an independent review of the probation Dynamic Framework, commissioned in January 2021 by then Minister for Prisons and Probation, Lucy Frazer QC MP. In a new blog, he discusses his review and its recommendations.

Review of psychological interventions in prison

A new systematic review of psychological interventions in prisons published in the Lancet this week finds that there is very little evidence to support their effectiveness in reducing reoffending. In addition to identifying an overall lack of robust evidence in this area, the researchers highlight the lack of reliable and tailored aftercare on release.

Learning Opportunities

Relationship between substance misuse and domestic abuse

The British Association of Social Workers has recorded a podcast exploring the complex relationship between substance misuse and domestic abuse. The discussion explores the extent to which problematic substance use is a factor in causing domestic abuse and the ways in which it can be a response to domestic abuse experienced.

England criminal justice forum

Clinks are hosting the England criminal justice forum on 7th September, which bring together partners working across the criminal justice system to discuss policy and practice affecting day-to-day work. The forum also provides space to network with other organisations, discuss opportunities for joint working and offer peer support.

Future MHCLG voluntary and community sector grants

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is holding a webinar on 8th September for stakeholders across the voluntary and community sector to gather their views on how its grant function can best support the wider homelessness sector. The webinar will give an overview of its priorities for future voluntary and community sector grants and possible procurement processes, and seek feedback from attendees.

Infection prevention & control in homelessness and asylum settings

Public Health England are hosting a workshop on 14th September on infection prevention and control in asylum and homelessness settings in preparedness for winter. This webinar is aimed at Local Authority members, Public Health leads and NHS commissioner services.

Rough sleeping count and estimate

Each year all Local Authorities in England submit a snapshot figure of the number of people sleeping rough on a single night between 1 Oct - 30 Nov. Homeless Link verifies these figures. This webinar, aimed at Local Authority leads, explains how to arrive at a snapshot figure in line with Homeless Link’s guidance.

Keeping you up to date at this time
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