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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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  1. New WHO-UN Guidance: an international blueprint for mental health

    In October 2023, a ground-breaking set of guidance was published by the World Health Organisation and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    We believe this marks a huge opportunity to do things differently, including in Wales. Here's why.

    Tuesday 2nd April, 2024
  2. ⁠⁠Ending Homelessness in Wales: our response to White Paper

    This White Paper is proportionate, progressive and positive. However, we have concerns over funding, the creation of a ‘deliberate manipulation test’, and a need for a wider understanding of mental health to run through any legislation adopted as a result.

    Wednesday 17th January, 2024
  3. Belonging, Engaging and Participating: our response

    The guidance published on Belonging, engaging and participating is a very positive contribution to the policy and practice around young people’s attendance in educational settings (both in school and other settings).

    However, there are some clear and key areas where we would want to see significant changes, and where we believe opportunities have been missed.

    Thursday 21st September, 2023
  4. Draft Child Poverty Strategy for Wales: our response

    We welcome the priority the strategy has placed on including the voice of  the people of Wales. This is paramount in addressing the complexity of the problem at hand.

    In our response, we outline how the strategy needs go even further to address the intersectionality and complexity at play.

    Thursday 21st September, 2023
  5. Reform for care-experienced young people: our view on Welsh Gov.’s response to report

    In July 2023, the Welsh Parliament Children, Young People and Education Committee released a report calling for radical reform for care-experienced young people.

    We feel that the Welsh Government's response - while containing some promising references to intervention, prevention, and trauma informed care - did not go far enough.

    Wednesday 12th July, 2023
  6. Equality and Social Justice Committee: The public health approach to preventing gender-based violence

    In May 2023, Platfform gave evidence to the committee. This evidence shows that we need to build connected and relational communities that can understand and articulate their shared experiences.

    Monday 22nd May, 2023
  7. “Start of a consensus to build something better”: Platfform’s perspective on the ‘Connecting the dots: tackling mental health inequalities in Wales’ debate

    At the Senedd debate on 3rd May 2023, there was the start of a consensus. But we need a broader shared understanding of social determinants. What do they mean for people without experience of trauma, poverty or discrimination?

    Thursday 4th May, 2023
  8. 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.

    Thursday 2nd February, 2023
  9. 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.

    Thursday 23rd June, 2022
  10. 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.

    Friday 11th March, 2022
  11. 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.

    Friday 11th March, 2022
  12. 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.

    Friday 11th March, 2022
  13. 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.


    Thursday 28th January, 2021

From the blog

  1. 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.

    Wednesday 8th December, 2021
  2. 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.

    Friday 10th September, 2021