A quiet crisis: local government spending on disadvantage

Lloyds Bank Foundation commissioned this independent research by the New Policy Institute to find out how English local authorities are supporting people facing disadvantage. It explores how local services have fare during a sustained period of severe financial pressure on local government finances and whether this experience differs across the country. 

Sexual safety on mental health wards

The Care Quality Commission has published a report sharing their findings and recommendations after reviewing incidents related to sexual safety on mental health wards. In 2017, following concerns raised on an inspection of a mental health trust, the CQC carried out a review of reports on patient safety incidents that staff had submitted through the NHS National Reporting and Learning System. We found that many reports described sexual safety incidents, including sexual assault and harassment.

Jumping through hoops

In 2017, Agenda and AVA published Mapping the Maze, which provided a broad picture of the support that homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice services are providing to women. Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?  explores the experiences of local areas across the country that are seeking to bring such services together to develop a more coordinated response for individuals facing multiple disadvantage, either using the MEAM Approach

Safe and Equal resource

AVA’s resource, Safe and Equal: A Guide on Young People and Meaningful Participation for the Violence Against Women and Girls Sector is now available to download. This guide aims to provide an overview of the issues to consider when undertaking meaningful participation with young survivors of abuse and multiple disadvantage. The guide is primarily for practitioners working within the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector but may also be of use to funders and commissioners.

Domestic abuse victims turning to civil courts because police are failing to enforce law

Last week, The Telegraph reported on how domestic abuse victims are increasingly turning to the civil courts for protection because the police are failing to enforce the law of coercive control. Despite more than 4,200 complaints being made to police last year across England and Wales, less than ten per cent of those cases resulted in prosecutions with even less ending in convictions. Read the full article here

Hestia launch Everyone’s Business

Everyone’s Business is a new innovative cross-partnership programme putting employers at the heart of tackling domestic abuse and providing them with the tools they need to recognise and prevent domestic abuse, be prepared to receive disclosures and actively respond and speedily support employees who are experiencing or perpetrating domestic abuse. To find out more, visit the Hestia website. 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) intelligence sharing agreement

Law enforcement agencies in the UK and USA have signed an intelligence sharing agreement to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM). Signatories including the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Metropolitan Police, Border Force, the FBI, and the US Department of Homeland Security have pledged to share intelligence about travel patterns between the UK and US and other parts of the world where victims may be taken for the procedure. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

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