Over the past three years, and with support from the Pilgrim Trust, the organisation has grown hugely with more than 90 members and recently became an independent charity, with a board of trustees chaired by Fiona Mactaggart.
Following Agenda’s research showing the disproportionate use of restraint against women and girls, they joined with other organisations to ensure Seni’s Law, aimed at reducing the use of restraint in mental health units, successfully passed through Parliament. It became law in November 2018 , following Agenda’s high-profile work on the deaths of women detained under the Mental Health Act, which was featured on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, the BBC’s ‘Victoria Derbyshire’ and The Guardian, among others.
The organisation has also been working with the Department of Health and Social Care, co-chairing the Women’s Mental Health Taskforce alongside Mental Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price MP. The Taskforce’s report setting out recommendations for improved care was published at the end of last year.
Agenda is currently working with AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) on the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage. Hand in Hand, a report by peer researchers for the Commission, has been published ahead of the full report. Extra funding from the Pilgrim Trust is enabling Agenda to develop further as a charity.
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