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Developing a model of the restorative approaches veteran family service

Williams, Anne ORCID:, Reed, Hayley ORCID:, Segrott, Jeremy ORCID:, Barnaby, Barney and Rees, Alyson ORCID: 2021. Developing a model of the restorative approaches veteran family service. CASCADE Research Centre. Available at:

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The negative impact of mental health illness on families is well known. Although the high incidence of mental health problems, especially PTSD, amongst military Veterans is recognised there is little systematic support for their families. TGP are a Welsh Charity which supports vulnerable and marginalised children, young people and families in Wales. TGP are closely associated with use of a Restorative Approach: a philosophy and practice drawn from Restorative Justice that is based on the shared set of democratic values such as honesty, trust, fairness, inclusion and collaboration. A Restorative Approach has been adopted in varied service settings including education and welfare, with encouraging signs of improved relationships and reduction in problems such as aggression and bullying. Recent research exploring use of a Restorative Approach in family support systems has found signs of better, more effective service provision and higher levels of family communication and reduced family conflict. TGP are seeking to provide a family support service for the families of Veterans with PTSD. To do so they are working with Veterans NHS Wales, a NHS service providing support for Welsh veterans with PTSD. The ‘Restorative Approach for Veteran Families Service’ seeks to work with families and Veterans alongside the VNHSW service with the intent of improving family relationships and dynamics and so benefitting the mental health of all family members including the Veteran. This research is evaluating the project over the first three years of development and implementation with the aim of identifying and addressing project facilitators and barriers and thereby producing the best model of service implementation.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Publisher: CASCADE Research Centre
Funders: Forces in Mind Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 April 2022
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 02:40

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