Policy and Influence
Our fundamental influencing priority is the prevention of trauma and the promotion of healing for those who do experience trauma.
We believe that experiences of trauma are behind almost all “policy challenges” that are discussed in modern day politics. Whether the issue being discussed is how to improve educational outcomes, substance use, or improving health services, trauma underlies the issue. Therefore, we seek to prevent trauma, avoid re-traumatisation, and create the conditions for recovery.
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Our Manifesto for Change
We’re calling for an evolution in the way that mental health is understood and treated. Read about our recommendations in our Manifesto for change.
Consultation response on Homelessness Regulations
We support the approach to housing and homelessness that encompasses housing-first, rapid rehousing and a trauma informed housing strategy that has informed the development of the homelessness action plan.
We are also pleased that the consultation for regulations has acknowledged the need to re-examine intentionality and priority need within the homelessness legislation and look forward to this happening.
Consultation response to the Welsh Government’s LGBTQ+ Action Plan
We support the aims and approach of the Action Plan, but believe it could be strengthened.
The plan recognises that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience mental health challenges. We would emphasise that experiencing prejudice and discrimination is a form of trauma, and that this is a form of collective trauma.
Consultation response to Anti-Racism Plan
Racism is itself traumatic, and we are committed to eradicating it.
Our response below reflects this position and focuses on the key areas we would like to see strengthened.
Briefing on ‘Personality Disorder’ and the labelling of survivors of abuse and violence
The ‘symptoms’ used to diagnose PD are understandable reactions to experiences of trauma. This is why many have argued it would be more appropriate to use the diagnostic term ‘complex PTSD’, which has a similar list of ‘symptoms’, instead.
Lockdown: conversations for change
In 2020 we hosted Lessons from Lockdown, a series of national conversations with people working in public services: mental health, social care, substance use, homelessness and housing – about how lockdown impacted how we worked with people.
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Financing the plan to end homelessness
Platfform is supporting Cymorth Cymru and Community Housing Cymru’s call for the Welsh Government to ensure their forthcoming budget truly helps to end homelessness in Wales.
The Wales Basic Income Pilot: valuing people over paperwork
We want to see a world where people who may have received a mental health diagnosis no longer have to attend impersonal, system-led assessments in order to be able to eat.