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Sunderland: serious case reviews published

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board has published executive summaries of serious case reviews into the deaths of two teenage girls and an accompanying thematic report considering wider issues around services for vulnerable teenagers. Key issues include: complex and difficult family lives, risk taking behaviour, risk of sexual exploitation, and bullying at school and through social media.

'Your force, your priorities' - consultation dates confirmed

Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria says “In 2012 when I was first elected as PCC for Northumbria I talked to local people to understand what their priorities were around policing and crime.  I used this information to set out the five priorities in my first Police and Crime Plan which are:

•Putting Victims First

•Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour

•Domestic and Sexual Abuse

•Reducing Crime

•Community Confidence

MPs urge Government to review family courts

The government must carry out a full review of family courts to stop them being used by violent men to perpetuate abuse against their partners and children, MPs have said. They called on the justice secretary, Liz Truss, to act swiftly to tackle deep-seated cultural attitudes among family court judges which put the rights of abusive men over the safety of women and children.

Invest funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation

Lloyds Bank Foundation has opened the 2016 round of its Invest Programme providing longer term core or direct delivery funding for eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. Invest grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total. For more information visit the LBF website. The closing date for initial applications is 14th October 2016.

Refuges exempt from welfare reforms - confirmation

Today the Government has announced that domestic violence refuges will be fully exempt from two planned welfare reforms – the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap on housing benefit rates in supported accommodation, and the requirement for social landlords to reduce rents by 1% each year from 2017-2020.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

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