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The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental organisation that protects the rights of people affected by displacement. Its IRC are to make sure that the asylum policy and practice in Ireland are in full accordance with international law and ensure the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. It also seeks to promote awareness and understanding of the issues facing refugee and asylum seekers in Ireland. They provide a number of supports for refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland, including a drop-in service and a legal consultation service. The IRC have called for the ending of direct provision. See www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie for more details, position papers, publications, etc.
Change the Frame: A Project about Journeys out of Homelessness.
This website resource draws together a range of resources developed through both project phases of the Iriss Project including case studies, personal stories of lived experience, an evidence summary, key messages from field research, audio recorded discussions, and guidelines for designing services which include peer approaches. This resource will be usefull for educators and service providers in the homeless sector.
Iriss is a charitable company, based in Glasgow that promotes positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services, by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce, to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.
Access to all the reports and documents about this project are at; http://blogs.iriss.org.uk/homelessness/
Stepping up action on refugee and migrant health
The Stepping Up Action on Refugee and Migrant Heath report is an outcome document from a high level meeting with member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) European region held in November 2015.
At the meeting it was agreed among countries in the region to prepare a common framework for coordinated collaboration and action on refugee and migrant health. The collaboration is based on solidarity and mutual assistance and in the spirit of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, whereby "no one should be left behind". The report outlines the rationale for action, an agenda for action and a framework for collaborative action.
Case Management Guidebook
Comprehensive guide to services for professionals working in the area of homelessness and addiction
Case Management Guidebook
The Case Management Guidebook was devised by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and the Progression Routes Initiative. It provides comprehensive guidance and support to professionals working in the field of homelessness and drugs, and is aimed at ensuring that a care and case management approach is used in the context of meeting diverse needs.
Please click on the following link to access the guide:
Crosscare Quick Guide to Homeless Services and Support
Crosscare Information and Advocacy Service has published a quick guide to services and support for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.
ORION (Overdose Risk Information) develops a software tool to identify overdose risk patients
A NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) decision analysis software programme, which was found to have benefits for hypertensive patients and their clinicians, is to be used by the ORION project to identify individuals who are at high risk for suffering a drug overdose.
The goal is to produce an assessment tool based on risk factors for overdose, identified in the current literature. The computerised tool will be easy to use and interactive for clinicians and patients to use together. This group of patients (substance using) has not previously been targeted with a decision analysis tool. The ORION tool will offer health service providers the opportunity to identify and support patients most at risk and may enable the patients to understand their risk factors and make lifestyle changes to reduce them.
Following a pilot of 10 patients in each of 4 centres in Scotland, Germany, Denmark and Italy, the software will be reviewed and modified preparatory to data collection from 160 patients across the 4 sites. This will be the first step in a wider dissemination across Europe.
The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) publishes "Connecting for Life"
The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has just published "Connecting for Life", Ireland's five year national strategy to reduce suicide. The strategy was developed in collaboration with 272 people and organisations in Ireland including members of the general public, NOSP service users, professional bodies and community organisations. Homeless people, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and prisoners are included on the priority list of those most vulnerable to and at greater risk of suicidal behaviour. The strategy highlights the need for a co-ordinated approach to suicide across all sectors of government and society. It also points to the importance of evidence-informed and needs-based prevention strategies and interventions.