December issue

What about me?

The Families First conference was our big chance to listen and learn from families (page 8), but it also gave an opportunity for carers to make themselves heard and influence Adfam’s future work programme. ‘Be vocal, get lobbying,’ said Paul Hayes. ‘Help me to make my colleagues better at listening,’ said Dr Steve Brinksman. 

 This issue of DDN is full of opinion on what works (and doesn’t). George Gallimore comments on the risk of fragmentation after police and crime commissioner elections (page 20). Amar Lodhia criticises lack of support for entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds (page 17). And hosting its final conference, the UKDPC’s chair Dame Ruth Runciman says ‘We need a new conversation about drugs’. If ever there was a time to have that conversation – about drugs, alcohol, public health, family support – it’s now, as we head towards a new year of policy change for the field. As Public Health England chief exec Duncan Selbie says (page 11): ‘We need to ensure services are designed around the best available knowledge of what works.’ 

 We wish you a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year – tweet us @ddnmagazine until we return in January. Many thanks to those of you who bought Christmas cards, displayed on our centre pages – you helped to make this issue possible. 

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