Ending violence against women and girls

New unit to tackle exploitation of vulnerable young people

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced plans for a new national response unit to help local authorities in England support vulnerable children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs. The new unit, which will operate from 2019 up until 2022, will address child sexual exploitation together with other crimes, such as gang and drug activity, which exploit vulnerable children and can lead to children going missing.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Open for applications: Women’s mental health peer support grants programme

Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, and Mind are delighted to announce that a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is now open for applications. The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. It builds on our experience of peer support approaches that we have seen reach women within their communities and that women value.

Three quarters of sexual violence survivors feel unable to go for potentially life-saving test

New research from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has found three quarters (72%) of women who have experienced sexual violence have not attended or have delayed cervical screening (smear test) because of their experience. New resources being launched by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Rape Crisis England & Wales aim to provide support and information for survivors who want to take up their invitation and increase understanding among health professionals of sexual violence as a barrier to the test.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill examined – News from Parliament

Next week, the Home Affairs Committee will be taking oral evidence on domestic abuse, exploring what should be covered in the Government’s forthcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. Speakers for the session to be held on Tuesday 4th September include Andrea Simon, Public Affairs Manager, End Violence Against Women Coalition and Dr Nicola Sharp Jeffs, Founder & Director, Surviving Economic Abuse.  Read the Home Affairs Committee briefing here

Jobs: A Way Out, Stockton

A Way Out, Stockton is looking to recruit the following posts: Youth Outreach Co-ordinator (part time: 16 hours per week, £21,312 pa pro rata) and Youth Outreach Worker (part time: 16 hours per week, £17, 691 pa pro rata). The Youth Outreach Co-ordinator will be responsible for the delivery and continued development of the Youth Engagement Service whilst co-ordinating a range of existing activities and a package of support with the help of a Youth Worker and team of volunteers.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK have self-harmed, report finds

Last week, The Guardian reported on the latest Children’s Society analysis suggesting that 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self-harming, with one in four girls of this age having deliberately hurt themselves. In figures that show the scale of the mental health crisis affecting young people, the Children’s Survey analysed a survey of 11,000 14-year-olds which found that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys had self-harmed in a year.

LimeLight ISVA awards

LimeCulture is keen to ensure that the outstanding contributions and achievements of these professionals who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work as ISVAs continue to be properly recognised through the LimeLight Awards. Anyone can nominate an individual ISVA, an ISVA Manager or an ISVA Team or Service by simply completing a nomination form- you can also nominate yourself or your own team. Nominations close on 14th September 2018.

Facebook Global Safety Roundtable

As part of its commitment to ending the distribution of non-consensual sexual images, Facebook hosted a Global Roundtable at their San Francisco HQ last week and invited Durham Law School’s Professor Clare McGlynn to present research on image-based sexual abuse. Speaking together with Sociology’s Dr Kelly Johnson, Prof McGlynn shared preliminary findings from her current research project investigating the impact on survivors of sharing intimate images without consent with Facebook’s Global Safety and Product Development Teams. 

Why the number of women dying from drug-related deaths is at a record high

In an article published by iNews, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive of Agenda, and Ian Hamilton, lecturer in mental health at the University of York examine the latest ONS figures on drug-related deaths among women in 2017, calling for investment in women-specific services and a joined up approach to women’s substance misuse. 

New survey reveals risks children and young people face online

In a survey of nearly 40,000 children, the NSPCC asked children and young people aged 7 to 16 about the risks they face when using the internet. Findings include:

  • an average of 1 child per primary school class surveyed has been sent or shown a naked or semi-naked image online from an adult
  • 1 in 50 school children surveyed sent a nude or semi-nude image to an adult.

The NSPCC Wild West Web campaign calls on the government to regulate social networks and make the internet safer for children. 

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