Homeless Prevention Programme

Want to work with your local authoirty to prevent the homelessness caused by domestic abuse? The Government has announced a new £40m programme – including three funds - to provide an innovative approach to tackling homelessness. The programme is for local authorities (preferably working in partnership) and aims to tackle homelessness by focusing on the underlying issues which can lead to somebody losing their home.

£4m Reach Fund to access social investment

A major new initiative has launched to help charities and social enterprises to access the investment they need to grow and diversify their income streams. The two year £4m Reach Fund will provide grants to organisations who need specific support to be able to take on a loan, and is designed to test a new model of investment readiness support. Organisations will receive support from ‘Access Points’ to identify the work which will result in them being able to secure investment, and support them with a simple application process to receive a grant.

Leading light in fight against CSE steps down

Wendy Shepherd, manager of the Barnardo's SECOS project is to stand down. Wendy has been the manager of this ground-breaking project since it opened over 20 years ago, She has been at the forefront of the fight against child sexual exploitation, driving change at both a local and a national level.

Law Commission consults on on-line abuse

The Law Commission is consulting on what its future prioroties should be. One of the options is to examine the laws relating to on-line abuse. If you want the law Commission to prioritise this you can take part in the very short survey. The closing date for responses is 31st October.

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. 

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