Ending violence against women and girls

Funding: Rosa

Rosa’s Voices From the Frontline grant programme is now open for applications. This fund supports women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK. It resources advocacy, campaigning and activists with lived experience of injustice and inequality – giving voice especially to women facing intersecting disadvantages including race, class, sexuality, disability, poverty or migration status.

Cost of domestic abuse

Hestia has published findings from analysis into the cost of failing to provide support to children exposed to domestic violence. The report, which focuses on the long term costs incurred by the state in supporting children who develop conduct and attention disorders as a result of exposure to severe domestic violence, estimates a potential total cost of between £480 million and £1.4 billion. Read the report On the Sidelines: The Economic and Personal Cost of Childhood Exposure to domestic Violence

Child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has opened applications for core participants in its investigation into child sexual exploitation by organised networks in England and Wales. Core participants have special rights in the inquiry process, including receiving disclosure of documentation, being represented and making legal submissions, suggesting questions and receiving advance notice of the Inquiry’s report. The deadline for applications is 4pm on 27 March 2019.

Relationships, health and sex education briefing

The NSPCC has produced a CASPAR briefing summarising the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools in England by 2020. The briefing sets out key points covered in the guidance, including: developing a policy, content, parents’ right to withdraw, whole school approach and safeguarding.

Home Office launches refresh of cross-government Ending Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy

The Home Office has published its refreshed violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy. The refreshed action plan, which was first launched in 2016, sets out new measures to help protect women and girls. This includes a cross-sector, end-to-end review into how rape and sexual violence cases are handled across the criminal justice system. Other policies among the 54 commitments being made are pledges to:

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