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1 St Mungo’s and Action for Children Rebuilding Shattered Lives roundtable discussion Supporting homeless and vulnerable women and their children: Breaking intergenerational cycles of deprivation and neglect

2 The Family Needs of Homeless Women with Complex Needs Alexia Murphy St Mungo’s

3 St Mungo’s – Our Vision Everyone should have: A decent place to live Something meaningful to do Satisfying relationships with other people The good health to enjoy them

4 Who are the Women we work with in St Mungo’s? Demographics Needs and ability Housing and Resettlement Women in contact with the CJS

5 Case Study – Sarah Childhood experience of severe parental violence Contact with the care system Substance Use 4 children Housing History A life lived subject to assault

6 Women’s pathway into homelessness History of abuse and violence Traumatic loss of children/family Substance use / mental health Often not characterised by contact with homelessness/statutory services Childhood characterised by unstable housing and/or childhood /adolescent abuse

7 Better Deal for Women Peer Research Project - why women achieving poorer outcomes than men and what can be done Conclusions Complexity of needs Accommodation recommendations Staff understanding and training Children and Families as the key recovery goal

8 Missing Families Addressing emotional and relationship needs The myth of the ‘single homeless person’ Approaching family work Developing relationships with children’s social services

9 What works? Women’s Outside-In group Lifeworks Psychotherapy Enabling child contact Chrysalis – Psychologically informed environment

10 What works? Key considerations:  Stigma / barriers to services  Domestic Violence  Pregnancy  Prostitution

11 Rebuilding Shattered Lives – a call for solutions 18 month Campaign Panel of Experts 9 key themes

12 Themes and Experts Housing and Homelessness Substance Use Domestic Abuse Families and children Childhood Trauma Employment and Skills Women involved in the CJS Mental Health and Wellbeing Involvement in Prostitution

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14 Troubled Families Joe Tuke Director Troubled Families, DCLG

15 The programme The families Family Intervention Challenge for System Reform

16 The programme PM commitment to ‘turn around lives’ of 120k troubled families by 2015 Schooling, youth crime/ASB, work; high cost Primarily PbR. Up to £4k per family Programme started April 2012; as at Dec k identified and 23k being worked with Not an education programme, not an employment programme, not a crime programme.... a family programme turning around each of 120k troubled families.

17 The families Evaluation will provide richer picture but we know: have complex family structures – nearly 1 in 5 FIP families have more than five children often have inter-generational problems that have proved intractable have a comprehensive range of needs/problems – a quarter of mums have a long-standing illness, in 1/3 of FIP families there is DV, 1/2 FIP families include children who are truanting, excluded or behaving badly at school. have high impact on community – an estimated 1 in 5 young offenders come from troubled families attract multitude of uncoordinated services –up to 20 different agencies involved with one family

18 Family Intervention Pioneered by Action for Children – Dundee Homeless Families Project A dedicated worker dedicated to the family Who looks at what’s really happening for the family as a whole And gives practical hands-on support With an assertive and challenging approach Backed by an agreed plan and common purpose among the relevant services.

19 System Reform Challenge Mum plus 4 children … Eldest in LA care, placed back in family Next on Child Protection Plan Next is Child in Need Next has got Team around Child Not integrated, not whole family, not getting outcomes


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