Prosecutors urged to ditch 'weak' rape cases to improve figures

The second in The Guardian’s series on rape justice, published on Monday 24th September, revealed that Prosecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates. The controversial advice to take a proportion of “weak cases out of the system” has been given to specialist rape prosecutors in training seminars, which has led some staff to fear the service has undertaken an undeclared change in policy.

Dame Vera Baird QC responds to Guardian report

In response to reports that Prosecutors have been urged to ditch “weak” rape cases to improve figures, Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC said: “This approach is completely hostile to the principle of access to justice.

Funding: The Women's Fund

£500 - £5,000. VCSE. Deadline 1st November 2018. The Women's Fund helps local women in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to overcome disadvantage, support each other and achieve their potential. The fund recognises that women need and want women only services so that they feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by lack of opportunities, discrimination and abuse. It therefore awards grants to voluntary and community groups that run successful women only projects.

FPA survey: Less than half of people think it’s OK to withdraw sexual consent if they’re already naked

A survey by sexual health charity FPA reveals deeply concerning attitudes about sexual consent that are prevalent across all ages in the UK. FPA is calling for high-quality relationships and sex education (RSE) on consent and better representation of consent in the media after the survey showed a huge disparity between young people’s perception of their knowledge on consent, and their attitudes when presented with real-life scenarios.

The survey found:

Safe and Equal: A Guide on Young People and Meaningful Participation for the Violence Against Women and Girls Sector

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. The contents are focused on working with children and young people, however the principles are similar for working with adults. AVA provide relevant training to accompany this guide. 

Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?

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. This report 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 or as part of the Big Lottery’s Fulflling Lives programme. 

Vacancies - Education Workers - Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity. The aim of the organisation  is to combat racism through anti-racism education, whilst enabling role models, who are predominantly but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racism message to young people and society.

Now’s the Time – Rosa small grants programme – closing date 28th Sept

Grants of up to £25,000 available through the Justice and Equality Fund’s ‘Now’s the Time’ small grants programme.

Now’s the Time is the second programme from the Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa. The programme aims to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities.


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