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National News, September 2016

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...reform according to the Howard League’s director of campaigns, Andrew Neilson. ‘Prisons are not only becoming more dangerous, they are becoming more dangerous more quickly,’ he said. ‘The high levels...

Make It Happen! programme

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...use and HIV, and brings a wealth of advice from her work with Positively UK in prisons. Members of the San Patrignano community in Italy share their inspiring story. For...

Reading the room

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...engage if it’s on a one-to-one basis, working with someone that they can trust and where sessions can take place in a safe and confidential space. Working in prisons remains...

Media savvy

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...I’m all for rehabilitation in jail. There’s not enough of it. Most prisons are grim warehouses. But resorting to euphemism to describe prisoners is absurd. Before people can be rehabilitated...

Kenward Trust Residential Treatment

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...needs of individuals being released from prisons around the country and resettling in Kent. For many, reintegrating back into society after spending time in prison can be a very difficult...

Barriers to work

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...and visited prisons and treatment centres.’ The first job was to get a handle on numbers, as we often didn’t hear about people having problems until they were in the...

What a long strange trip it’s been

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...use, and City Roads becomes the field’s latest casualty. Prisons continue to struggle with rising NPS use and Release warns that councils are providing ‘drastically insufficient’ levels of naloxone. And...

Round-up of National News, October

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...unacceptable level of violence’ in English and Welsh prisons. Establishments should have a coordinated approach to identifying risks of bullying and violence, it says, including ‘the impact of new psychoactive...

Media Savvy

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...or an alcoholic, defined by their diagnosis. Elizabeth Romer, BMJ, 12 February You can tell the state of a society, said Alexis de Tocqueville, by its prisons. Today you tell...

May issue

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...our prisons aren’t working – particularly for those who fall victim of the remand system, a cruel way of dealing with drug, alcohol or mental health problems. His aim in...

Room at the table?

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...view of what recovery’s about.’ Having an acceptance of the recovery culture was ‘crucial’ in prisons, said RAPt’s chief executive, Mike Trace. RAPt’s answer to building recovery communities was to...

Who pays for drug treatment in residential rehabs?

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...pays for drug treatment as part of a responsibility to provide social care. In prisons and secure settings, the NHS pay as part of healthcare provision. But, for people who...

Delphi Medical

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...of Lancaster. Horizon Alcohol, Drugs and Sexual Health Support – a service offering free, confidential and non-judgemental support for all Blackpool residents. Drug & Alcohol Services in Prisons – providing...

29th January issue

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...recent seminar and learnt from innovative schemes (page 12). Gary Rees shows determination to improve communication between prisons and makes progress in healthcare and harm reduction through the innovative ‘Sparcle!’...

Media savvy

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...prisons bears little relation to reality. Chris Grayling, Guardian, 18 September It is too easy for GPs to write a script for a benzodiazepine when confronted by a patient who...

Naloxone outreach – Reaching out

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...to hospitals to make sure people who have been admitted with an overdose are discharged with naloxone, and working with prisons around giving naloxone on release. ‘There’s no closed door...

Filling the prescription

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...the fear of not being able to use. Additionally there has been diversion of buprenorphine in prisons because of the inability to supervise it and the difficulty in induction for...

Remembering Darren Walters

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...able to advise on the way healthcare in prisons should be delivered. NHS England’s health justice commissioning manager for the North (North West), Simon Smith, said: ‘Darren has first-hand experience...

Constellations Online Festival of Harm Reduction

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...services and prisons, with the majority of staff having lived experience. One vital aspect of their work was modifying and speeding up pathways into treatment, particularly for more marginalised communities....

Words into deeds

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...decrease in the mean age of people involved in drug distribution. On the subject of prisons, the worry was that ‘we can’t actually cope with the number of offenders coming...

Inside Out

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...in 2014 and using data from the Police National Computer (PNC) database, showed a 31 per cent reconviction rate for graduates of our programmes in male prisons, an 18 per...

Kaleidoscope’s – The Big Debate

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...less intimidated. Similar points were made about prisons and integrated defender intervention. What is being done about IPV and substance abuse? The link between IPV (intimate partner violence) and substance...

Rodrigo Duterte’s punishing regime

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...welfare of detainees in ‘horrifically overcrowded prisons’, the more than 700,000 people who have surrendered themselves to the authorities ‘mostly for using or having used drugs, or simply being arbitrarily...

DDN 2020 Programme

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...treatment.   From drug treatment to homeless shelters and prisons, our peer workers engage with often marginalised and under-served communities and those least likely to be engaged with treatment services....

Across the great divide

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...momentum to prioritise harm reduction – had scaled down progress in many countries. Referring to HRI’s latest biennial report, she highlighted that harm reduction in prisons ‘lies far behind what’s...

The main man

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...be the Richard Bransons and the Russell Brands who’ll be using, it will be people who are in and out of our prisons and our psychiatric hospitals, it will the...

The Fear Inside

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...people who experience heroin addiction during incarceration. British prisons are in a state of perpetual crisis, with endemic drug use, bullying and violence being fundamental parts of daily reality. The...

A round-up of National News

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...deliver new powers for law enforcement to tackle this issue at every level in communities, at our borders, on UK websites and in our prisons’, said crime minister Karen Bradley....

Your letters

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...news and you can see examples of poor performing, overcrowded, drug filled prisons and police using inappropriate and sometimes lethal methods to deal with issues they don’t understand. Police, prison...

Soapbox

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...their lives, down significantly from 2001 when it was more than one in four. This fall is likely the result of targeted hepatitis B vaccination programmes, including in prisons, which...

Catching the wave

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...the mentally ill within prisons and Jane Addams (1889), the founder of the resettlement movement, were instrumental in advancing the notion that healthy environments promote health, and their work emphasised...

International Women’s Day – Profiling SIG’s Women – Muriel Gutu

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...focused on substance misuse. She worked in community settings with drug and alcohol teams within the NHS, working as a locum and in prisons. Muriel qualified as a nurse prescriber...

Community Support

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...support individuals in the South West across Devon and Dorset, in the community and within prisons. Find out more.   Provide community services in East Kent and Hull as well...

Scots widen availability of naloxone

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...in prisons, we will support continuity of care, while reducing the need for daily contact and reducing pressure on our frontline prison officers and NHS staff. ‘I welcome the lord...

Off the record

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...they are not fit for purpose and we will be back to the mid ’90s – from what I hear prisons are already at mid ’90s standards. Yes drugs are...

DrugFAM

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...groups, both email and telephone support, theatre in education, support for those bereaved by addiction, education and awareness in schools and prisons, and one to one and local befriending. www.drugfam.co.uk...

At the cutting edge

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...the last five years, says the annual report from the chief inspector of prisons. Meanwhile the government is urged to overhaul drinks marketing legislation as campaigners warn that social media...

What we’ve learnt from delivering the Employability Practitioner Standard

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...and young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). We also deliver information, advice and guidance (IAG) services in prisons. Forward is experienced in supporting people with...

NPS penalties for prisoners

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...headway on drug misuse in prisons, there’s a new phenomenon they are increasingly seeing in the form of so-called “legal highs”,’ he said. ‘What we’re also hearing is that these...

Sector welcomes Black’s ‘gamechanger’

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...he said. ‘It needs to be outward looking and work with the field and the people affected.’ Steve Rolles of Transform was among those to question why prisons had been...

A place to connect: Addaction’s two-day conference

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...he began talking about his mental health without embarrassment. Working with the charity Rethink, he began going into schools, prisons, hospitals and businesses to try to break the stigma –...

News in brief

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...a challenging but crucial role and it is one that I am looking forward to taking on.’ Prison problems Britain’s prisons are ineffective at tackling alcohol-related criminal behaviour, according to...

DDN 27 February Issue 2006

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...back into society, not least through running CARAT services in 17 prisons. Their recently opened Island Day Programme in Tower Hamlets takes their knowledge and experience of what works in...

Dark days review of the year 2015

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...found using or supplying them in prisons. ‘If prisoners think they can get away with using these substances they need to think again,’ warns justice secretary Chris Grayling. FEBRUARY DDN’s...

Establish royal commission on drug policy, says select committee

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...David Cameron has already commented that the government should continue with its priorities of emphasising treatment and keeping drugs out of prisons rather than ‘have some very, very long-term royal...

April issue

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...child poverty, schools and prisons.They looked at issues from family members’ perspectives, and shared knowledge and expertise. We may be looking across a very uncertain commissioning landscape but it’s good...

5th November issue

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...the Prisons and Beyond conference, which looked at many different aspects of prison drug treatment. We hope you’ll find it an interesting insight. It seemed appropriate to finish this issue...

News in brief

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...in prisons between the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), NHS England and Public Health England (PHE). It is thought that up to one in ten prisoners has hepatitis C, a...

News in brief

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...drugs,’ said chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick. Use of new psychoactive substances is now seen as one the biggest problems facing the prison estate (DDN, February, page 6). Stop...

Comment from the drug and alcohol field

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...at a time where overdose deaths have doubled in the UK and the government is planning to build more private prisons. To give credit where it is due, Brand is...

Review of the year 2019

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...warns that the amounts of naloxone being provided by local authorities and prisons are ‘drastically insufficient’. PHE and the Home Office, meanwhile, report a ‘statistically significant’ increase in crack use,...

CQC rates Delphi Good

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...Lancaster ; a countryside residential drug and alcohol detox offering tailored addiction treatments. Delphi also work in a number of North West prisons, including HMP Manchester and HMP Buckley Hall,...

Durham police to offer heroin-assisted treatment

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...costs in the longer term to the courts, prisons, the police, and wider society.’ Glasgow is also planning to open a consumption room and offer heroin-assisted treatment, after city officials...

DDN Information

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...are also read by the wider health and social care sector, housing, mental health services, prisons and criminal justice. To find out about advertising a job, event or service please...

Phoenix Futures residential drug treatment

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...history which has seen us grow from a single pioneering residential service to a national organisation with services in community, prisons housing and residential settings. We have adapted our approach...

Giving the best chance

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...in prisons, where inmates could inherit a bunk with debts – NHS England really needed to take the problem on board, she said. Another extremely valuable – and under-used resource...