Delegates attend multiple needs Impact Briefing

07 Dec 2015
by Neil Skinner

More than 200 delegates attended Framework’s 2015 Impact Briefing to discuss effective interventions for people living with Multiple Needs – combinations of mental ill-health, rough sleeping, substance misuse and repeat offending.

The symposium event, held on Wednesday afternoon (December 2), took place at Nottingham’s Albert Hall and brought together a diverse audience ranging from social workers and medical practitioners to magistrates, police officers and elected politicians.

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Keynote speaker Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Families and Work at the Institute for Public Policy Research, gave an overview of the national policy situation, reflecting on some of the extensive research that underpins her co-authored report, Breaking Boundaries.

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Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern, meanwhile, spoke of the need for coordinated responses to people with Multiple Needs and praised the response of Nottingham City, which is one of 12 areas supported by a Big Lottery funded Fulfilling Lives project – Opportunity Nottingham. An update on the early impact of that service was also provided.

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Delegates also enjoyed a series of workshops, designed to boost practical understanding of the issue and pass on best practice. They focussed on women with multiple needs, the effective role for lived experience in delivering services, and the necessary steps to creating psychologically informed environments in services.

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