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Sexual harassment in education

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on sexual harassment in education. The briefing gives an overview of the relevant policies that schools are expected to have in place and recent policy developments in England. It covers: Keeping children safe in education guidance; advice for schools on sexual violence and harassment; behaviour and bullying policies and relationships and sex education and PHSE.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Register your interest: £1.3m women’s mental health peer support fund

Agenda and Mind are delighted to announce that they will be launching a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme later this month. Registrations of interest are now open and the first webinars introducing the programme are taking place this week. The programme responds to the needs of disadvantaged women, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

 

'Justice for victims of sexual abuse and harassment. Lessons for Westminster?'

Current research from the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and UWE is casting new light on why sexual abuse and harassment cases require handling with particular care. This blog post by Dr Lis Bates,  a researcher in gender-based violence at the School for Policy Studies, and a former clerk of the House of Commons looks at the direct lessons from their findings for Westminster, as it seeks to respond to sexual harassment, abuse and bullying. 

Addressing unmet needs in women's health

In general, women and girls have greater health and social care requirements in comparison to men across their lifetime, although there are indications that health and social care services are not meeting their specific health needs. The BMA has a key role in ensuring that the health needs of the population are met. The BMA has published a series of papers in their Women's Health series, exploring in detail some of the major unmet needs in women's health, with recommendations for both policy-makers and healthcare practitioners.

Become a FREE member of the Women’s Resource Centre now!

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Staying Afloat Together programme coming up at Linskill Centre

Find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about yourself and get more out of life. Seven group sessions at the Linskill Centre for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care, managing feelings and realistic optimism. There’s also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. Free crèche. Booking essential. If you would like to know more or book a place on the course contact Jill at Barnardo’s 0191 212 0237

Forced marriage spouse visas

Officials have been accused of letting too many abusive marriages go unchallenged. Almost half of the 88 visa applications objected to on forced marriage grounds last year were approved. Figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws by The Times showed that the Home Office had received 175 inquiries about trying to block spouses' visas last year. Of those, 88 became full cases - with objections coming directly from victims, from third parties, and from officials who suspect a forced marriage. Source: BBC News

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