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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Beyond adversity: Addressing the mental health needs of young people who face complexity and adversity in their lives

Young Minds, July 2016

The report suggests that schools, social workers, police and NHS staff may be inadvertently re-traumatising vulnerable children because of fundamental misunderstandings about their behaviour.

Children who have been neglected, abused, bereaved or faced prejudice may communicate their feelings by being aggressive, self-destructive, withdrawn or highly sexualised. As a result, they are often treated as ‘the problem.’

This means the cause of their trauma is never addressed and they don’t receive the mental health care they need.  Beyond Adversity calls on the Government, and the NHS, to keep their commitments to all of these children. It makes concrete policy and service recommendations aiming to promote trauma-informed and culturally sensitive services.

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Poor Mental Health: The links between child poverty and mental health problems

The Children’s Society, March 2016

There is a wide variety of evidence to show that children who live in poverty are exposed to a range of risks that can have a serious impact on their mental health, including debt, poor housing and low income.

This research finds that only 1 in 10 mental health trusts see children in poverty as a priority group for access to mental health services.  The report sets out a number of areas for further exploration, and makes recommendations for the government to better address the mental health needs of children and young people living in poverty.

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Understanding the whole person: What are the common concepts for recovery and desistance across the fields of mental health, substance misuse, and criminology?

Revolving Doors, December 2015

This review by Revolving Doors finds that people facing complex needs and disadvantaged lives will see many common steps across their recovery journeys.

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Psychological perspectives on poverty

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, June 2015

This report summarises a review of psychological research into the causes and consequences of poverty.  The report covers four main subject areas: social processes, mental health, genetic and environmental factors, and neurological and cognitive effects. It evaluates the scientific methodology and theory developed by poverty researchers, and highlights the potential relevance for those involved in social policy.

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Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage

Lankelly Chase Foundation, April 2015

This study seeks to provide a statistical profile of a key manifestation of ‘severe and multiple disadvantage’ (SMD) in England.  The report aims to address the fragmentation of data concerning people with complex and multiple disadvantage and so create the clearest quantitative picture possible of the reality of people’s lives. By establishing the extent to which different systems that people come into contact with overlap, the report aims to stimulate thought and action on whether single issue systems and services are any longer the most effective response.

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