MPs call for change in law

More than 40 female Labour MPs have written to the attorney general warning that women will be less likely to report rape because of the legal precedent set in the retrial of the footballer Ched Evans. The members of the women’s parliamentary Labour party, including its chair, Jess Phillips, Harriet Harman and Angela Eagle, have urged Jeremy Wright to support a change in the law to stop a move towards the sexual history of rape complainants being used routinely to discredit their evidence in court.

Troubled Families Programme has little impact

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has carried out an evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme, which was launched in 2012 to improve the lives of 120,000 families with multiple and complex needs in England. Findings include: the programme raised the profile of family intervention and transformed the way services were being developed for families in many areas; however there was no consistent evidence that the programme had any significant or systematic impact across a wide range of outcomes. 

Statement on Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), has set out her strategy for ensuring the Inquiry delivers against its terms of reference. Key points include: the Inquiry will continue to look at past and present failings by institutions in England and Wales; the Inquiry will focus on four major themes: cultural, structural, financial, professional and political. 

Do MAPPA and MARAC actually work?

Professionals involved in multi-agency partnerships such as MARAC will be interested to read this article which looks at findings from a recent paper from the Police Foundation. The author of the article concludes that:

Key Change goes to Westminster

The brilliant work by Open Clasp Theatre Company is starting to get much deserved national recognition with items on the BBC news and Woman's Hour. Their Key Change production - which tells the stories fo women in prison and was developed with women in Low Newton prison - is about to embark on a national  tour, with a first performance at Westminster. Lets hope those MPs and policy-makers are in listening mode.

Taskforce publishes recommendations to universities on violence against women and harassment

Universities UK published recommendations to universities today on dealing with violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. The recommendations are the result of a taskforce set up by Universities UK last year to examine these issues. The taskforce consisted of university leaders, student representatives and academic experts. The group considered harassment in all its forms but focused particularly on issues of sexual violence and harassment.

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