Introduction to Multiple Disadvantage

1.00pm to 3.00pm at Nottinghamshire



1.00pm to 3.00pm

Introduction to Multiple Disadvantage
Wednesday 27 November 2019, from 1pm to 3pm
Venue tbc (Nottinghamshire)

Clients who are facing a combination of problems such as mental ill health, homelessness, offending and substance misuse often have a harder time accessing services, and getting the support they need. The professionals that support them can become frustrated and burnt out as they try and navigate systems and services that are not designed to meet their clients’ needs.

This combination of problems is referred to as Multiple Disadvantage, or Multiple and Complex Needs. People facing these disadvantages can often face other issues too, including poor physical health, domestic and sexual abuse and disadvantages related to ethnicity. According to the Lankelly Chase Hard Edges report, produced in 2015, Nottingham has the 8th highest prevalence of multiple disadvantage in England – currently estimated to be over 5,000 people.

This workshop will explore multiple disadvantage and will include:

  • What causes multiple disadvantage and how misunderstanding causes can lead to stigma and exclusion
  • How it feels to face multiple disadvantage
  • How services can work more successfully with people facing multiple disadvantage
  • Why “system change” is so important in resolving multiple disadvantage

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The workshop is run by the Practice Development Unit, which is a partnership between Opportunity Nottingham and Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.  The unit aims to promote and facilitate collaborative learning among people working in the field of multiple and complex needs, promoting innovation and good working practices across the city.  Multiple and complex needs is defined as homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill-health and offending.

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