New Clore Social Leadership Programme opens

Clore Social Leadership is excited to announce a new six-month leadership development programme starting in April 2017. The 2017 Clore6 programme is open to leaders in the social sector with the relevant experience, who are interested in joining a cohort of excellent leaders committed to social change. A limited number of places are available on the 2017 Clore6 which starts on 22 April 2017. It is currently inviting expressions of interest for the programme. Further details available here.

Promoting recovery in mental health

The links between domestic and sexual abuse and mental ill-health are well documented. Research shows that 69% of women accessing mental health services have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse. Evidence based practice has highlighted the difficulties faced by mental health services in meeting the needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and in dealing with perpetrators.

Women's Aid joins coalition against 'bonfire of children's rights'

A Bill described as "a bonfire of child protection rights", which would let councils opt out of key legal duties to children, was debated on Tuesday. The Children and Social Work Bill would let local councils apply to set aside children's rights and checks on care to try out innovative ways of working. The government argues it is a bold approach to removing red tape. But campaigners say allowing councils to opt out of these long-standing duties is risky and unnecessary.

Coercive control one year on

In a statement on the WAFE website, Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “A year ago today, the coercive control law came into force. This marked a big step forward for understanding, preventing, and tackling domestic abuse, and Women’s Aid was instrumental in campaigning for and helping design this criminal offence. Coercive control – the systematic destruction of a survivor’s self-esteem and autonomy – is the heart of domestic abuse. There have been high-profile convictions for this crime.

Truss orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts

The justice secretary has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system. Liz Truss has stepped in after the Guardian and Women’s Aid exposed how women are being directly confronted and questioned by violent and abusive men within the secretive court system.

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