MAC-UK’s vision is the radical transformation of mental health services for excluded young people. To achieve this vision, part of our mission is to influence policy. MAC-UK is determined to ensure that excluded young peoples’ voices are heard and that their mental health needs remain at the top of policy maker’s agendas.
We are entering a new phase of unprecedented change in the UK in the structure and delivery of Health and Police services. The Police Reform and Social responsibilities Act 2011 will profoundly change the landscape for crime prevention and enforcement impacting on young people who offend or are at risk of offending.
Our Founding Director, Dr Charlie Howard, campaigns to raise awareness that youth violence is a public health issue. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel to the Home Office Ending Gang and Serious Youth Violence Team and was a key speaker at the Home Office conference in November 2012. MAC-UK was also cited as an example of good practice in the Home Office Ending Gang and Youth Violence report (Nov 2011). This report was the first Home Office acknowledgement of the contribution of unmet mental health needs in youth violence and offending.
More recently, our Integrate model was featured in the DH and North West Public Health Observatory report (Oct 2012), Protecting People, Promoting Health: A public health approach to violence prevention for England, which describes the major roles public health and health care services can play in reducing levels of violence across the country and the impact of violence on health.
We now have elected Police and Crime Commissioners and the introduction of Health and Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups. These bring radical changes to the commissioning behind two of our biggest public services and will directly impact our communities and the work of MAC-UK. MAC-UK will continue to develop relationships with those directly involved and to campaign for young people’s “voices” to be heard. Young people from MAC-UK recently signed up to the Youth Charter for Police and Crime Commissioners as well as consulting to the Home Office.