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Housing First Guide Europe
Housing First Guide Europe!

Posted on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Housing First is one of the most significant innovations in homelessness service design in recent decades

Connect team SPSW
Connect project pioneers mental health training for front-line police officers

Posted on Tuesday 21 June 2016

SPSW staff and N Yorks Police begin first stages of mental health training to shape how English police forces interact with individuals experiencing mental ill health

Christine Skinner and colleagues
Christine Skinner chairs international symposium on separated families and attends family law reception at House of Lords

Posted on Friday 20 May 2016

Dr Skinner continues to move research and policy forward with two international events at London and York


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Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change Project

Welfare conditionality is about linking welfare rights to ‘responsible’ behaviour. Project Director Professor Peter Dwyer and team members will present first wave findings from the largest ESRC-funded research project of its kind, and invite discussion.


New approaches to homelessness; connecting research, policy and practice

Looking at key emerging lessons on prevention in homelessness strategy this session is designed to provide an overview of the latest thinking in homelessness policy.


Systems-Centered Training - A practical approach to change: 11 - 16 September 2016 York

A week of training and workshops catering for different levels of Systems-centered training


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