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Enough is enough - MPs call for action on...

18th August 2016

Today the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee has issued a report on homelessness, the result of a wide ranging inquiry aimed at getting to the heart of the problems behind an increase in all forms of homelessness. The recommendations include a reform of homelessness legislation, and increased supply of affordable housing.

Criminal justice reforms continue despite...

14th July 2016

In what has been a tumultuous three weeks in British politics, beneath the surface some major tectonic plates have been shifting in the realm of criminal justice reform. While these may pale in comparison to the huge shakeups and fall outs across the political spectrum, they are worthy of note – and may in fact prove the start of a major move in policy and practice.

A peer researcher responds to 'Refreshing...

8th June 2016

Peer researcher Lisa comments on some of the themes of our recent literature review on peer research: such as the personal benefits to peer researchers, breaking down boundaries between professionals and service users; and the importance of using peer research to make change.

Transforming Rehabilitation – teething trouble or...

26th May 2016

These reforms are of interest to Revolving Doors as many people under probation supervision face multiple and complex problems, including poor mental health, that can lead to a revolving door of crisis and crime. This post considers some of the questions raised in the HMI Probation report.

No-one turned away: Crisis publishes a review of...

10th May 2016

Single homelessness has been rising in England for several years. Rough sleeping, its most visible and harmful manifestation, has doubled since 2010 according to official statistics. A group of experts from a range of backgrounds, convened by Crisis, has come together to look at how homelessness law can be changed to help everyone homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Employment support for ex-prisoners – the Work...

15th April 2016

Finding employment can reduce the likelihood of reoffending and help people build a better life for themselves. Six members of Revolving Doors Agency’s national forum, all with recent experience of prison, have spoken about their experience of employment support to an official from the House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee.

Service User Involvement Is Vital

21st March 2016

In this blog, Joe Martin, a member of Revolving Doors’ National Service User Forum, talks about why service user involvement is so important, and what is needed to get it right. Joe contributed to the recent update of Clinks’ Guide to Service User Involvement, along with other Revolving Doors Agency staff and Forum members.

The Importance of Listening to your Service Users

15th March 2016

In this blog, Richard Tillman, a member of Revolving Doors’ National Service User Forum and contributor to the update of Clinks’ Guide to Service User Involvement along with other Revolving Doors Agency staff and Forum members, talks about the importance of listening to your services users, and involving them in your service design.

One Year In

11th February 2016

After almost a year at Revolving Doors I wanted to take stock.

Compassion is the best medicine

3rd September 2015

This blog is authored by our National Service User Forum member Pat Kenny discussing his experience of speaking at an NHS conference about health in the justice system.

National liaison and diversion conference

28th November 2012

Today I was with colleagues in Manchester for the first conference of the National Liaison & Diversion Development Network. This event was an important milestone in efforts to improve responses to people with mental health problems and learning disability who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Election? What election?

1st October 2012

Delegates at the Labour Party conference have fingers held up in the political air keen to detect early signs of the winds of change. Their eyes are on the medium term horizon of the 2015 general election as they interpret mixed messages in the polls about their party's and leader's popularity.

Ending the revolving door

20th September 2012

On 16 November, the people of England and Wales will wake up having elected the first generation of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). Speaking recently to candidates for the role, Policing Minister Damien Green described the elections as “the most significant democratic reform of policing in our lifetime”.

Guest blog from Dr Michelle Cornes

18th September 2012

Making Every Contact Count, the latest government strategy in England to prevent homelessness encourages local authorities to pursue a joint approach in which locally designed integrated services will step in when things go wrong (CLG, 2012, p5). Integration has long been the ‘holy grail’ of UK social policy, but is such blind faith warranted?

Guest blog from Michael Brown - Mental Health Cop

28th August 2012

Professor Jill Peay from the London School of Economics wrote in Mental Health and Crime (2010) that work at the interface of mental health and criminal justice is amongst the most difficult that either set of agencies will ever undertake.