St Mungo’s and Action for Children
Rebuilding Shattered Lives roundtable
Supporting homeless and vulnerable
women and their children: Breaking
intergenerational cycles of deprivation
and neglect
The Family Needs of Homeless
Women with Complex Needs
Alexia Murphy
St Mungo’s
St Mungo’s – Our Vision
Everyone should have:
• A decent place to live
• Something meaningful to do
• Satisfying relationships with other people
• The good health to enjoy them
Who are the Women we work
with in St Mungo’s?
Needs and ability
Housing and Resettlement
Women in contact with the CJS
Case Study – Sarah
• Childhood experience of severe
parental violence
• Contact with the care system
• Substance Use
• 4 children
• Housing History
• A life lived subject to assault
Women’s pathway into
History of abuse and violence
Traumatic loss of children/family
Substance use / mental health
Often not characterised by contact
with homelessness/statutory services
• Childhood characterised by unstable
housing and/or childhood
/adolescent abuse
Better Deal for Women
Peer Research Project - why women achieving poorer
outcomes than men and what can be done
• Complexity of needs
• Accommodation recommendations
• Staff understanding and training
• Children and Families as the key recovery goal
Missing Families
• Addressing emotional and relationship
• The myth of the ‘single homeless person’
• Approaching family work
• Developing relationships with children’s
social services
What works?
Women’s Outside-In group
Lifeworks Psychotherapy
Enabling child contact
Chrysalis – Psychologically informed
What works?
Key considerations:
Stigma / barriers to services
Domestic Violence
Rebuilding Shattered Lives – a
call for solutions
• 18 month Campaign
• Panel of Experts
• 9 key themes
Themes and Experts
Housing and Homelessness
Substance Use
Domestic Abuse
Families and children
Childhood Trauma
Employment and Skills
Women involved in the CJS
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Involvement in Prostitution
[email protected]
Troubled Families
Joe Tuke
Director Troubled Families, DCLG
The programme
The families
Family Intervention
Challenge for System Reform
The programme
PM commitment to ‘turn around lives’ of 120k troubled families
by 2015
Schooling, youth crime/ASB, work; high cost
Primarily PbR. Up to £4k per family
Programme started April 2012; as at Dec 2012 65k identified and
23k being worked with
Not an education programme, not an employment programme,
not a crime programme .... a family programme turning around
each of 120k troubled families.
The families
Evaluation will provide richer picture but we know:
• have complex family structures – nearly 1 in 5 FIP families have
more than five children
• often have inter-generational problems that have proved
• have a comprehensive range of needs/problems – a quarter of
mums have a long-standing illness, in 1/3 of FIP families there is
DV, 1/2 FIP families include children who are truanting, excluded
or behaving badly at school.
• have high impact on community – an estimated 1 in 5 young
offenders come from troubled families
• attract multitude of uncoordinated services –up to 20 different
agencies involved with one family
Family Intervention
Pioneered by Action for Children – Dundee Homeless Families
A dedicated worker dedicated to the family
Who looks at what’s really happening for the family as a whole
And gives practical hands-on support
With an assertive and challenging approach
Backed by an agreed plan and common purpose among the
relevant services.
System Reform Challenge
Mum plus 4 children …
• Eldest in LA care, placed back in family
• Next on Child Protection Plan
• Next is Child in Need
• Next has got Team around Child
Not integrated, not whole family, not getting outcomes

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