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- PublicationResponding to Women with Complex Needs Who Use Substances: A briefing paperThis briefing paper is based on an action research project led by Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) in partnership with the UCD Community Drugs Programme as part of the MQI initiative to explore the issues and challenges surrounding access to homeless, addiction and health services for women. The MQI initiative aims to create and implement responses that will improveaccess, and ultimately outcomes, for women experiencing multiple levels of disadvantage or exclusion. The action research project had two elements, a review of the academic and grey literature on women with complex needs and action learning sets with key practitioners to map the current landscape of service provision, client presentations, perceived gaps and initiatives and innovation in regards to women, substance use, domestic violence, women’s health and homelessness. In this briefing paper we draw together the themes from the literature review and from the action learning sets with practitioners and key agency representatives, with a view to informing policy and practice around five key aspects of responding to women with complex needs.
- PublicationIssues and Service Access Barriers for Homeless Women with Complex Issues: A Scoping ReviewThis literature review was completed as part of an action research project commissioned by Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) which aims to explore the issues and challenges surrounding access to homeless, addiction and health services for women, with a view to creating and implementing initiatives that will improve access and possibly outcomes for women experiencing multiple levels of disadvantage or exclusion. This report presents the findings of a rapid literature scoping review conducted in November/ December 2019, which aimed to characterise the body of literature describing the presenting issues and services available for women experiencing homelessness in Dublin and Ireland. Specifically, we sought to build understanding of how client presentations and service provision issues would affect entry into services, and to gain insight into the breadth of potential needs and mechanisms of support after leaving services.