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Social Perspectives Network, The




0207 089 6841


Service Details

The Social Perspectives Network is an independent organisation which is open to anyone interested in looking at mental distress in terms of people's social experience - how social factors may both contribute to people becoming distressed, and play a crucial part in promoting people's recovery. Social Perspectives Network is open to practitioners of all disciplines, service users / survivors, carers, policy makers, academics, educators, service managers and others who may be interested in these issues. SPN seeks to be inclusive. There is no assumption that there is one single social model, or that one social perspective is more valid than another. Instead different perspectives may all be seen as pieces of a 'jigsaw' that may gradually come together. SPN seeks to operate in a non-hierarchical way, so that everyone's experience, knowledge and skills are valued. SPN receives funding and support from the Dept of Health. SPN has a central administrative base in London at the Social Care Institute for Excellence. From here, national initiatives are co-ordinated which focus on areas such as research, policy development, or more specialist areas of interest such as child and adolescent mental health. Alongside this, in order to influence policy and practice locally, SPN has local networks in nine English regions, working closely with each of the NIMHE Regional Development Centres.

Disability Access

Wheelchair Accessible.


Voluntary / non-profit.


  • Service users / survivors

Geographical Filter

  • National

Last updated: 20/02/2013

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