The Bromley by Bow Centre has published a new report on the potential for collaboration between social prescribing and social welfare legal advice services in healthcare settings. The report explores the relationship between the two and how they can maximise their collective impact to benefit clients and increase efficiency.

The research, supported by the Mayor of London and The Legal Education Foundation draws on examples of best practice from across London and the UK and makes recommendations across a range of areas.

Evidence from the report states:

  • Both services working together helps contribute to a positive culture-change in healthcare settings
  • Access to both services ensures holistic and comprehensive support to vulnerable people
  • Destigmatisation of social welfare legal advice takes place when offered in a neutral, familiar setting
  • Focus on early intervention through collaboration prevents escalation of situations
  • There is significant potential to identify unidentified and unmet need

The report seeks to maximise collaboration between services and highlights social welfare legal advice as a critical element of an expanded definition of care in recovery from Covid-19.

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