Pause, a project that makes women whose children have been removed by the state take contraception to qualify for intensive support, is saving millions – but is it ethical?

Pause is a service designed to step into the lives of these women, made fragile by layers of accumulated anguish, and work intensively alongside them for 18 months on the practical and emotional challenges they face. It finds a dedicated practitioner – deliberately not a social worker – to run with a caseload of just six to eight, in order to develop a therapeutic relationship with a woman and be her advocate with housing, health, psychological and addiction services so that the critical nature of her needs are better understood.

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Open Dialogue from Finland to the UK

On 15th January we learned about a move to promote ‘Open Dialogue’ from Finland to the UK, an approach to working with families and networks in crisis with astonishing results already in Kent and Medway NHS.

They have a facebook group Open Dialogue UK.

To find out more about the work in Kent contact Yasmin Ishaq, Kent County Council / Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Love Barrow Families

Love Barrow Families, co-ordinated by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria County Council, is a project designed to improve the way that adult and children’s health and social care services work together to meet the complex needs of local families.

Lankelly Chase who fund the work say the project supports the whole family, assessing their real needs and discovering the skills and assets of the people in that family, and those surrounding them, to produce a specially-targeted package of support.

Staff at Love Barrow Families have daily contact with the families they work with, giving practical and emotional support to people who are often in crisis, consistently and without judgement.

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