Policy And Research
Policy and Research
Learn about Changing Lives' research and policy work to influence social change for the people we support.
Policy and Influencing Work
Changing Lives influences policy and practice to improve the lives of people facing the most challenging of circumstances. This includes experiences of homelessness, addiction, abuse and exploitation, contact with the criminal justice system, long-term unemployment and more.
We draw on our research, the expertise of our teams, and the experiences of people with lived experience to help tackle the root causes of disadvantage, and influence systems and services to better support people when times are tough.
To find out more about our policy work, get in touch at with our Policy Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Research and Reports
STAGE Changing the Narrative Report November 2023
STAGE release a report on understanding the realities of Adult Sexual Exploitation
STAGE Changing the Narrative Executive Summary November 2023
The key points of report by STAGE on understanding the realities of Adult Sexual Exploitation
Breaking Down Barriers
As we approach the next general election, we have set out a manifesto for how the next government could break down barriers for those facing multiple disadvantage and social exclusion and ensure that everyone in society realises their full potential.
Make the link November 2022
This report looks at the premature deaths of women who have endured abuse and exploitation, often repeatedly at the hands of multiple perpetrators. Too often, these women are dying prematurely from a wide range of causes, but with the same binding thread – lasting experiences of trauma and abuse that go unrecognised throughout their lives.
Priced Out (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY)
An executive summary of the Priced Out report.
Priced Out Report August 2022
This report shines a light on the devastating impact of the rising cost of living on the people who access our services, many of whom have existing vulnerabilities including lasting experiences of poverty, discrimination and trauma.
Net Reach Report December 2020
This report looks at the number of people turning to online sites to sell or exchange sex, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The STAGE project, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, brings together charities specialised in adult sexual exploitation: Changing Lives, A Way Out, GROW, Together Women, Basis, WomenCentre, Ashiana and the Angelou Centre.
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TRANSFORMING SERVICES FOR WOMEN’S FUTURES
In partnership with Agenda, we will be seeking to explore the ways in which public services can be redesigned post-pandemic to better meet the needs of women with multiple unmet needs.
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'Transforming Together: Building place-based networks to improve services for women' is a new phase to our Transforming Services for Women's Futures project, in partnership with Agenda Alliance.
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Draft Victims Bill (June 2022)
Justice Committee’s Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Victims Bill (June 2022)
Drugs Inquiry (March 2022)
Home Affairs Committee’s Drugs Inquiry (March 2022)
Improving Outcomes for Women in the CJS (January 2022)
Public Accounts Committee’s Inquiry into Improving Outcomes for Women in the Criminal Justice System (January 2022)
Exempt Accommodation (January 2022)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee’s Inquiry into Exempt Accommodation (January 2022)
DLUHC’s Progress in Ending Rough Sleeping (October 2021)
Public Accounts Committee’s Inquiry into DLUHC’ Progress in Ending Rough Sleeping (October 2021)
Women’s Health Strategy (June 2021)
Government's Women’s Health Strategy Call for Evidence (June 2021)
Women in Prison (June 2021)
Justice Committee’s Inquiry into Women in Prison (June 2021)
Violence Against Women and Girls (May 2021)
Home Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into Violence Against Women and Girls (May 2021)
Older or archived research projects/collaborations, and research conducted before Changing Lives rebranded from The Cyrenians.
The Type of Girl That Would Do That (October 2016)
Peer-led research into sex work in County Durham and Darlington, and to examine interactions between sex workers and the services they are likely to come into contact with.
MAP: Exploring the lives of Male Sex Workers in Tyne and Wear (2013)
Research conducted before Changing Lives rebranded from The Cyrenians, exploring a small-scale red light district operating in Tyne and Wear.
Hidden for Survival (February 2008)
Peer Research into the lives of sex workers within Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside
Peer: Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers in Tyne and Wear
The overall aim of the research, conducted before Changing Lives rebranded from The Cyrenians, is to provide a robust evidence base and contribute to existing local knowledge and debates concerning the lives and experiences of sex workers in Tyne and Wear.