13 Aug APCC Leads to share learning at roundtable with Ministers for Rough Sleeping Strategy
APCC National Leads commenting on the Rough Sleeping Strategy, published today, said:
“The Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy, published today, is an important recognition of the need for a strong partnership approach across public services, businesses, charities and communities, to address the multiple complex needs that all too often sit behind the unacceptable human tragedy of rough sleeping on our streets. Whilst there are many disadvantages and harms associated with rough sleeping, including exposure to appalling violence, abuse and in some cases exploitation, the devastating impact on life expectancy is the starkest reminder of all that urgent action is required.
“Mental health and addiction in particular are critical issues that cannot be solved by policing alone, and it is clear that the support and interventions offered across the criminal justice system, particularly with Through The Gate services, could be much better and need to be much better.
“Police and Crime Commissioners are working with partners across England and Wales to identify and support effective solutions which keep vulnerable people safe from harm and can make a long-lasting impact in people’s lives. The APCC will consider how the measures announced today can help with this work, as well as looking at what more needs to be done; we look forward to sharing our learning at the dedicated rough-sleeping roundtable with Ministers later this year, and over the intervening months.”
PCC Matthew Scott (Kent), APCC Lead for Mental Health
PCC Martyn Underhill (Dorset), APCC Lead for Custody
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa (Derbyshire), APCC Lead for Alcohol and Substance Misuse
PCC Keith Hunter (Humberside), APCC Lead for Local Policing and Partnerships
The Rough Sleeping Strategy August 2018 can be read here. The roundtable event is noted on p51.