Jobs: Four-year ESRC Studentship

Applications are invited for a four-year ESRC studentship starting October 2017, examining escalation in domestic violent crime using Lancashire Police data. The standard stipend for ESRC studentships covers: full payment of university fees for four years; a tax-free stipend (£14,296p.a. in 2016); and access to a Research Support and Training fund. To apply, submit an application for a Sociology PhD by 3 April 2017.

Jobs: CEO at WHIST (job share)

WHiST are seeking a suitable skilled, experienced and qualified woman to job share (17.5hrs a week) the CEO role within the organisation. This is an exciting opportunity and we are seeking someone who will appreciate and protect the core values of the organisation whilst enabling WHiST to address future sustainability by developing initiatives as outlined in its strategic plans.

Funding: Allen Lane Foundation

The Allen Lane Foundation makes grants from £500-£15,000 for work with particular groups.  Currently these are: people experiencing violence or abuse; people experiencing mental health problems; migrant communities; older people; prisoners and former prisoners; asylum-seekers and refugees; and Gypsies and travellers.  Applicants must have an income of less than £100,000. Please see the Foundation's website for details of the criteria and how to apply.  Applications are processed continuously, and the Trustees meet three times a year.



New production from Open Clasp

Open Clasp’s new production 'SUGAR' will be previewed over two weeks [6th-17th March, North East and Manchester] for International Women's Day 2017. The production was devised with women in HMP Low Newton, Women's Direct Access Homelessness Service and women on probation attending a Women’s Hub through Changing Lives at West End Women & Girls Centre. It portrays the routes into prison, life behind bars and the revolving door that catapults women back. See here for further information.

Teresa May announces new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act

The prime minister has launched a major consultation to result in a domestic violence and abuse act with new measures to help victims. The government is seeking ideas on how treatment of victims can be improved and more prosecutions brought. The prime minister said it was a key personal priority to transform the way the UK thought about tackling domestic violence, as she called for ideas about how the treatment of victims can be improved and more convictions secured against abusers.

End to cross-examination of domestic abuse survivors in family court

The Government's Prison and Courts bill, unveiled this week by Justice Secretary Liz Truss, will give the courts the power to prevent domestic abuse victims/survivors being cross-examined by their perpetrators. Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “This is a break though for the safety of children and their mothers who have been placed in the unthinkable position of facing their abuser in court.

New definition, guidance and update on CSE

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a definition of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and a guide for practitioners and managers. 

Advice for practitioners working with children includes: a definition of CSE; potential indicators of CSE; how children are sexually exploited; and how sexual exploitation affects children. Guidance for managers and leaders includes: prevention, educating practitioners, educating children and young people, and educating parents and carers.


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