Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden

Fulfilling Lives in Islington & Camden (FLIC) has now closed its doors. However, all of our news, learnings and reports can be found here, and our clients' voices and films can be found here.

FLIC was an eight-year Lottery funded learning programme, designed to support people experiencing multiple disadvantage and affect system change to improve the experience and outcomes for people accessing services.

Too often the voices of people experiencing multiple disadvantage aren't heard. Putting clients at the centre of everything we do was key to our work. Our support service was intensive, trauma-informed and led by the experiences and insights of our clients.

We worked in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies across both boroughs to improve services for people with multiple needs and drive systemic change, influencing how services are designed and delivered.

If you have any questions, please email Lucy Campbell ([email protected]), SHP's head of Multiple Disadvantage Transformation.

Camden & Islington's Trauma Informed Network were delighted to have UCL (University College London) as our research partner to support a systematic analysis of what we need to create a trauma-informed network.

How do we define trauma?
Trauma can be defined as “an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being”. People who have experienced trauma are likely to require support from a range of services across their lifespan. Individuals who have experienced trauma are also at increased risk of being distressed or retraumatized within the system as a result of their care experiences.

What's a Trauma-Informed Network?
A ‘Trauma-Informed Network’ has been described as ‘a group of interdisciplinary service professionals, community members, and organizations that support individuals receiving care’. By collaborating, these organisations can improve the consistency and quality of care offered to individuals moving between systems. A key component of trauma-informed care is the participation of staff, clients, and organisations, in the development of that care. It is important that a consensus is reached on how trauma-informed care should be attained between all collaborating parties before trauma-informed care can be effectively achieved. However trauma-informed training programs are increasingly being developed without communication with the associated organisations or individuals at risk10; thereby developing interventions which themselves are not ‘trauma-informed’.

Aims of the UCL Report
We aimed to develop an actionable list of components for developing a ‘trauma-informed network’, in line with a collaborative trauma-informed care approach. Our research questions were:

  1. What components (theories, stakeholders, actions) are required when developing a trauma-informed network?
  2. Which components are most important to developing a trauma-informed network?
  3. What actions need to be taken in order to facilitate these components?

We chose a non-hierarchical research style which aided a democratic process of agreement. The research will provide tangible plan of action to guide the network’s future and approach, some of which can be seen below.

The findings and full report can be found here and a summary can be downloaded here.

Some of the findings of UCL's DELPHI Report...

If you have any questions, please reach out to SHP's Mental Health Lead Michelle Butterly ([email protected]).