Understanding the whole family – The role of families in the lives of people with severe and multiple disadvantage

Revolving Doors, November 2017

This literature review expands upon “Understanding the Whole Person”, a literature review by the Revolving Doors Agency that explored the common concepts for recovery and desistance across mental illness, substance misuse and criminology. This review is a narrative literature review that focuses on a range of topics relating to the role of families.

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Dying from inequality: socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour

The Samaritans, March 2017

This report links higher risk of suicide with inequality and calls for greater awareness of the risks of suicide and for direct support to those with unstable employment, insecure housing, low income or in areas of socioeconomic deprivation.

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Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services, 2015-16

NHS Digital, October 2016

This report published by NHS Digital, examines activity, waiting times and outcomes for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme run by the NHS in England.

It found a strong relationship between deprivation levels and whether patients recover from mental illness after “talking” therapies such as counselling, CBT and peer support. Over 200,000 referrals were received from the most deprived 10% of areas, compared with under 92,000 from the least deprived areas. Whilst 55% of patients from the least-deprived areas recovered, only 35% of those in the most deprived areas did so.

The report also found recovery rates differed with gender and ethnicity. Recovery rates were higher amongst white ethnicities compared to all other ethnicities.

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Poor Beginnings: Health inequalities among young children across England

National Children’s Bureau, September 2015

This report is based on official data published by Public Health England and it looks at four key measures of young children’s health and wellbeing: obesity, tooth decay, accidental injury and school readiness. It picture of the health of children under five years old living in England and shows how growing up in different areas of the country can have an impact on the likelihood of experiencing a poor health outcome before starting school.

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Social inequalities in early childhood health and development: a European-wide systematic review

UCL Institute of Health Equity, March 2015

As part of the DRIVERS project this paper examines health inequalities in relation to early childhood health and development in order to discern the causes of social inequalities. The study aims to:

1. To conduct a systematic review on social inequalities, early child development and early child health;
2. To analyse and develop methodologies for interventions regarding unequal child development and health;
3. To provide analytic evidence using data from WHO-Europe member countries that helps to explain social inequalities in early child development and early child health, and identifies factors that would reduce health inequalities across the European region.

The paper examines available evidence in order to make recommendations for policy and practice.

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