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On the same team

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In the second of our three-part commissioning series we look at creating effective operating partnerships between commissioners, providers and people with lived experience. In the wake of Dame Carol Black’s...

WDP responds to new commissioning quality standards

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...(OHID). These new standards were one of the key recommendations of the second part of Dame Carol Black’s review of drugs and were agreed by the government and included in...

Dame Carol Black meets with WDP’s IPS Into Work team

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Dame Carol Black has visited WDP’s residential detox and rehabilitation facility Passmores House to meet with its IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Into Work team. Following the release of WDP’s IPS...

We back Dame Carol Black’s call for change in drug treatment

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Change Grow Live has responded to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs – Part 2. Today we: back Dame Carol Black’s call for a step-change in the approach to drug use...

Dame Carol Black Review – Next Steps

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Dame Black has spoken loud and clear. How policy makers respond will be crucial, says Oliver Standing. Read it in DDN Magazine At the recent Glasgow drugs summit Dame Carol...

Drugs market has ‘never caused greater harm’, says Carol Black review

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...Dame Carol Black: Appointed by government to lead a wide-ranging review of drug harm Professor Black was appointed by the government last year to lead a wide-ranging review into drug...

Government launches second phase of Carol Black review

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The second part of Professor Dame Carol Black’s independent review into illegal drug use in England has now been launched, the government has announced. While the initial phase looked at...

The Key to Success

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...some of the most vulnerable in our society. The desperately needed infusion of cash following the Carol Black review and the drug strategy will hopefully mark a genuine turning point...

Change Grow Live responds to ‘Swift, Certain, Tough’ white paper

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...the independent recommendations of Dame Carol Black’s inquiry, as major commitment to a fresh approach to drug treatment and recovery, with funding to match. “We will take time to digest...

Services now ‘on their knees’, says Carol Black

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...agencies have deteriorated across the country, Professor Dame Carol Black told the Westminster Social Policy Forum’s Tackling drug addiction and substance misuse – latest thinking on prevention, supporting recovery, policy and...

Forward responds to the Dame Carol Black Review on addiction treatment

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Mike Trace, The Forward Trust CEO, responds to the long-awaited review into drugs policy by Dame Carol Black. The independent review commissioned by the government considered the effectiveness of the...

SIG London services Black History Month celebration

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  SIG London services Jigsaw, New Hope and Lewisham services held a joint Black History Month celebration on Friday 21st October. It was day of fellowship and fun for the past...

WDP response to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs – Part 2

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WDP has welcomed the publication of the second part of Dame Carol Black’s independent review on drugs. As a third sector provider of recovery treatment and support services, we took...

Turning Point submission to the 2nd phase of the Dame Carol Black Review.

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By Julie Bass, chief executive, Turning Point Last week Turning Point made a submission to the 2nd phase of the Dame Carol Black Review on the state of provision of...

Phoenix Futures responds to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs – Part 2

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...identified the fault lines in our treatment system and provided a whole system approach to fixing them. Dame Carol Black has given a robust business case for the changes, including...

The Dame Carol Black review is a major opportunity to revitalise how we support...

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...part two of Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review of Drugs has finally been published and it is a candid, bold and thorough analysis of where the drug treatment system currently...

A Nose for Duty

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Dog handler Wilkes with his three-year old black lab and dog handler McColvin with her 18-month-old springer spaniel. The job of detecting drugs in prisons falls to a very keen...

Government announces health inequality research funding

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Blackpool is among the areas to benefit from research to level inequalities Thirteen local authorities are to receive money from a £50m ‘research boost’ to tackle health inequalities, the government...

Sector specific

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...that.’ Professor Dame Carol Black Professor Dame Carol Black Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP FMedSci chairs the boards of the Centre for Ageing Better and Think Ahead, the government’s...

More than £550m needed to save treatment system, says Black report

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Professor Dame Carol Black The government needs to invest an additional £552m in the drug treatment system over the next five years through the Department of Health and Social Care...

Sector welcomes Black’s ‘gamechanger’

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‘Thoughtful’, ‘thorough’ and ‘a gamechanger’ were reactions of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group to part two of Dame Carol Black’s Independent review of drugs. ‘It presents a...

Drug deaths in England and Wales up again

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...the Dame Carol Black review offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change things for the better, but only if they are implemented in their entirety.’ No single organisation had the solution,...

We’ll publish drug strategy by end of the year, government says

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...the second part of Dame Carol Black’s Independent review of drugs, which was published earlier this month (https://www.drinkanddrugsnews.com/more-than-550m-needed-to-save-treatment-system-says-black-report/). The strategy will present a ‘whole-of-government’ response to help drive down drug...

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to support services for under-represented...

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...this into practice in Liverpool. Liverpool has one of the largest and most diverse populations in the UK and is home to Britain’s oldest Black community, as well as the...

International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

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...where three people suffer a drug-related death every day, the situation in England and Wales has not fared any better. Areas like Middlesbrough in the North-East, and Blackpool in the North-West have...

Time for a ‘polluter pays’ levy on tobacco firms, says APPG

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...APPG chair Bob Blackman MP. ‘Four manufacturers –BAT, Imperial, JTI and PMI –  are responsible for over 95 per cent of UK tobacco sales. A windfall tax could be implemented...

Public response to ‘Swift, Certain, Tough: New Consequences for Drug Possession’

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...the higher end of the socio-economic ladder, but rather those who have always been overpoliced – economically and socially marginalised people, and Black and minority communities in particular. Release alongside Transform are...

Biden pardons thousands convicted of cannabis possession

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...states no longer prohibit. Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities.’ Black people were also far more likely to be arrested,...

Barriers to work

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Last July the government asked Dame Carol Black to conduct an independent review into the challenges of getting and staying in work for people with drug and alcohol problems, or...

Another record high for England and Wales drug deaths

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...have now come to a critical point. We are waiting to hear the outcome of the second stage of the Dame Carol Black review but the spending review has been shelved...

The new government drug strategy: a moment of recovery?

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...of the strategy is positive – the government has accepted the recommendations in the review by Dame Carol Black, including an increase in funding for the addiction treatment sector, housing and...

The Black Review: A shared mission for transformational change

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Photo by Jair Lázaro on Unsplash Adfam, Collective Voice, English Substance Use Commissioners Group and NHS Addictions Provider Alliance look at how Dame Carol Black’s Review of the UK’s drug...

Visible Recovery

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...you’ve got action being taken on drugs, the Dame Carol Black review, the additional funding, all of which I absolutely welcome,’ he says. ‘You’ve also got the gambling review and...

Government announces drugs and violence review

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The government has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to lead a wide-ranging review into ‘the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence’. Professor Black previously led the government’s review...
Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

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With You staff reflect on Black history, the experience of being Black in the UK and how we can better support Black communities in our work. People from Caribbean and...

Loaded Language

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...we have been thinking a lot about stigma, rights and treatment access, and we hope these will be key themes in Dame Carole Black’s forthcoming review. There is a sense...

People with lived experience will make Black report ‘a meaningful strategy’

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...hosted by the College of Lived Experience Recovery Organisations (CLERO) – the first of several events to gather feedback from LEROs on the Carol Black report. More support is needed...
Black History Month

Black History Month at SIG

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Black History Month was celebrated at the Social Interest Group, with activities and celebrations in various services. Marron House Our Ealing-based service Marron House held a Black History Month celebration...

Racial disparity in stop and search increasing, says report

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...black people use fewer drugs than white people, the report states. In 2016-17 every police force in England and Wales stopped and searched black people at a higher rate than...

Obituary

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Caroline Blackburn 26 July 1977 – 7 June 2014 It is with great sadness and shock that we are looking back on the life of Caroline Blackburn, a woman so...

Government commits to new drugs unit

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...Carol Black’s Independent review of drugs. The Joint Combating Drugs Unit will bring together multiple departments of state – the Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Department for...

A Fair Exchange

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...Hames. Dame Carol Black’s independent drug review had highlighted the need for urgent improvement of the sector, and in a keynote speech she explained that tackling stigma was a central...

A New Model

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‘My greatest worry about my review and its potential is can we deliver it at the local level,’ Professor Dame Carol Black told the Westminster Social Policy Forum’s Tackling drug...

Rising tide

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...markets and violence, led by Dame Carol Black. The National Police Council were contributing, said Kew, and Kirstie Douse added that Release were submitting a full response. The review would...

Out of Harm’s Way

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...many of the Dame Carol Black report’s recommendations reminding us of the need to revisit areas lost to disinvestment or policy changes. Early days Starting as a volunteer for Merseyside...

Benefit sanctions for refusing treatment

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...review by Professor Dame Carol Black. Couched in terms of exploring the best ways to ‘support benefit claimants with addictions and potentially treatable conditions’ – such as obesity – back...

Rough Justice

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...the Ds in the government’s flagship ADDER scheme, it was recommended in the Carol Black review. The government doesn’t particularly like to talk about it, certainly as a form of...

The Big Conversation

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...Carol Black’s review had given us an ‘amazing opportunity’ said the government’s recovery champion, Ed Day. We were at a pivotal moment, where ‘all the things we wanted’ had been...

Constellations Online Festival of Harm Reduction

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...outlets, however – ‘we can counterbalance the negative voices.’ Opportunity for Change The Carol Black report was a crucial opportunity for change when it came to the central role of...

The comprehensive spending review: a substance misuse perspective

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...of detail in response to Dame Carol Black’s recommendations is concerning. Nationally, funding for substance misuse treatment has been in steady decline, reducing by 24% between 2014 and 2019.1 During the same period,...

Dark days review of the year 2015

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...insecurity and rapid commissioning cycles. The highly controversial notion of linking treatment to benefit entitlement hits the headlines again as the prime minister commissions Prof Dame Carol Black to conduct...

WDP responds to the government’s new drug strategy

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Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash WDP has welcomed the publication of HM Government’s 10-year drugs plan and, in particular, its adoption of the recommendations of Dame Carol Black’s Review...

Government to consider benefit sanctions for refusing treatment

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The government has re-ignited the debate over whether benefit entitlement should be linked to accepting treatment, with the publication of a new review by Professor Dame Carol Black. Couched in...
Drug Strategy

Change Grow Live welcomes long-term Drug Strategy that signals a new era for treatment

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...out in the second part of Dame Carol Black’s landmark review of drugs in July, which argued for wholesale change to the approach to drug treatment. Mark Moody, Chief Executive...

Black people six times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs

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...the rate, says The numbers in black and white: ethnic disparities in the policing and prosecution of drug offences in England and Wales. Black people are also more than twice...
Volunteers With you

How volunteers with multiple disadvantage built a crazy golf course and found connection and...

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...Tenacity. When I reflect back on the last three years of Blackpool Fulfilling Lives, ‘tenacity’ is the best way to describe everything we’ve achieved. The Blackpool Fulfilling Lives programme helps...

CQC rates Delphi Good

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...Horizon Blackpool Delphi Medical is the lead provider of the Integrated Substance Misuse Service that sits within the Horizon offer in Blackpool. This latest report means that every one of...

I am a…

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...house at Phoenix’s National Specialist Family Service. Read Leanne’s story. Carol* is a volunteer working with a community drug service in Berkshire. Read Carol’s story here. Iain Gray is a...

Government rules out benefit sanctions for refusing treatment

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People with drug and alcohol problems should not be made to undergo treatment in order to claim benefits, according to a long-awaited review by Dame Carol Black. The review, which...

Giving Voice

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...into Professor Dame Carol Black’s benefits review and the new drug strategy. The sector as a whole had made very good progress in understanding how the service user voice could...