Job description: Director of Policy and Regional Development at Adfam
Areas of interest: Housing and homelessness – services for women with complex needs, Domestic abuse, Families and children – including relationships, Substance use, Women involved in the criminal justice system, Mental health and wellbeing, Childhood trauma – including being in care or childhood abuse, Employment and skills, Improving support for women involved in prostitution
Joss Smith's Recent Activity
"Adfam’s mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use. Their projects include many which help families stay together and prevent homelessness. These include:
• Adfam grandparent carers project
The Adfam Grandparent Carers project is looking at existing services in London and developing new ways of supporting grandparents who are bringing up their grandchildren because of parental substance misuse.
• Bouncing Back! Prevention programme
This project centred around preventative work with drug using parents and their children, and also produced a learning pack for resilience work with young people and their families.
• Criminal justice work
Adfam’s criminal justice services aim to reduce the potential for substance related harm to prisoners, families and the wider community and to improve the potential for successful rehabilitation following a substance users release from custody.
• Domestic violence
In partnership with the Stella Project and the University of Bedfordshire, this 2-year, Comic Relief funded project explores the relationship between substance misuse and domestic violence for families.
• Including Diverse Families
Men, people in rural communities and those from minority ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented in the drug and alcohol family support sector. Including Diverse Families is a recently completed 3-year project which examines, and provides guidance and training around, this underdeveloped area.
For more information see: http://www.adfam.org.uk/"
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