On 16th July 2013 the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, received answers to two written questions, on the topics of elderly people and depression, and human trafficking.
Elderly People: Depression
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): NHS England is completing the nationwide rollout of psychological therapy services for adults who have depression or anxiety disorders, and as part of this is paying particular attention to ensuring appropriate access for people over 65 years of age.
NHS England has recently funded an advertising campaign with Age UK to promote Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services for older people. The promotional campaign challenges views that depression is natural in older people and to encourage general practitioners to refer older people to IAPT services and older people themselves to self-refer.
Another strand of IAPT development is a project which aims to ensure that psychological therapies are routinely available to people with long term physical health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms. Given that many older people have such physical health conditions, this project will lead to them being encouraged to access IAPT services when necessary.
The Lord Bishop of Derby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what public funds are available to vulnerable people such as trafficked women to rehabilitate themselves into civil society.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): Women indentified as a potential victim of human trafficking and referred to the National Referral Mechanism—the Government’s formal identification process—and are entitled to receive support under a contract which has been operated by the Salvation Army, since July 2011. The contract supports both female and male victims and is jointly-funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. In 2012/3, £3 million was provided to The Salvation Army to run the contract.
Based on the victim’s individual needs, The Salvation Army will ensure they are provided with the appropriate services to aid their immediate recovery from the trauma of being trafficked. The Salvation Army have a wide and diverse supply chain of 12 sub-contractors who support victims in the most appropriate environment and tailor support according to need. This includes the provision of safe and secure accommodation, providing access to legal advice and preparing individuals for work through arranging access to training courses and mentoring.
Victims are entitled to support under the contract for a minimum of 45 days or until they have received a ‘Conclusive Grounds’ decision to confirm they are a victim of trafficking. At this point The Salvation Army will work to support all victims to secure an appropriate exit from the contract and into other support services or the safe return to their home country.