From dependency to work

Addressing the multiple needs of offenders with drug problems

Tim McSweeney, Victoria Herrington, Mike Hough, Paul J. Turnbull, and Jim Parsons

From dependency to work

Tim McSweeney, Victoria Herrington, Mike Hough, Paul J. Turnbull, and Jim Parsons

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

88 pages
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781861346605 Published December 2004 For sale in North and South America only
This report presents the findings from one of the first evaluations of a British programme to integrate drug and alcohol treatment with mental health services, and education, training and employment support - the 'From Dependency to Work (D2W)' programme. It provides an invaluable insight into the challenges and difficulties of integrating services in this way and highlights important lessons for central and regional government on funding and working with the voluntary sector to deliver services. With the recent launch of the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP), designed to get statutory and voluntary sector agencies working together to tackle the social factors associated with drug misuse and crime, stakeholders across the country will need to develop effective multi-disciplinary working in this field. This report provides all those involved, from a strategic level to frontline practitioners, with a clearer understanding of the issues.
Chapter 1: Background: Background to the programme
Aims and objectives of the programme
The programme's target group
The report

Chapter 2: How the programme performed: The effectiveness of D2W as a pan-London referral mechanism
Client perceptions and experiences of D2W
The short-term impact of D2W on offending behaviour

Chapter 3: Constraints on programme performance: Setting the programme up
Wider structural and organisational changes
Internal programme management and organisation
Recruiting and retaining staff
Confusion about the scope of the scheme
Problems identifying multiple needs
Treatment planning and care management
Addressing multiple needs: a parallel or sequenced approach?
Developing an exit and forward strategy

Chapter 4: Conclusions: Did D2W help those who engaged with it?
Did D2W reach the target number of offenders with multiple needs?
Did D2W actually address multiple needs?
Was the D2W concept viable?
What funding and performance management regimes might better foster partnership work?
How best should government contract with the voluntary sector?
Successors to D2W?

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