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Recognising the Signs of Coercion and Control

Recognising the Signs of Coercion and Control

The police recordd almost 850,000 domestic-abuse related crimes in the year ending March 2021. In this post Yvette Hazelden, Strategic and Development lead at Look Ahead, shares some of the signs of coercion and control to help better the support services can provide to survivors.

Supporting Autistic Pupils in Mainstream Classrooms

1 in 100 people have autism, and schools need to be prepared to support autistic students. Katie Goodwin, Assistant Headteacher at Abbey Hill School shares how austistic pupils can be better supported in mainstream classrooms.

The Importance of Due Diligence when Merging with Academy Trusts

Academy trust due diligence is a key aspect of schools joining a trust. In this post, Tim Warneford, Director of Warneford Consulting, discusses the importance of due diligence when merging schools into academy trusts.

Enhancing the Experiences of Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Minoritised Ethnic Students in Higher Education

1 in 20 students leave their courses in higher education as a result of racial harassment. In this post, Mary Makinde, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation and Strategic Lead on Closing Our Gap at Canterbury Christ Church University shares how the Bridging the Gap to Leadership Programme has helped deliver sustainable improvements to the experience of non-white students at the university.

Supporting Neurodiverse Pupils to reach their full Potential

15% of all people in the UK are neurodiverse, true figures are estimated to be higher though not everyone has a diagnosis. Donna Lee, Head Teacher at Nettlesworth Primary School shares some tips on better identifying and supporting neurodiverse pupils.

The Gender Pension Pay Gap: An Unhidden Pay Gap

In March 2020, the UK Government launched an initiative to improve pay transparency in the job application process to improve opportunities for women. Sam Dewey is the Reward & Wellbeing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support where he has worked for over 2 years. In this post, he discusses what the gender pensions pay gap is and some of the causes of it.

Delivering Mental Health Support to Offenders and Opening up Employment Opportunities

Only 25% of men and 20% of women leave prison with some form of employment in the UK. We heard from Graham Durcan, Associate Director at the Centre for Mental Health, about how Individual Placement and Support (IPS) schemes can help improve employment opportunities for prisoners upon their release.

Reducing Reoffending and Improving Communities Through Rehabilitation Programmes

Reoffending cost the economy approximately £11 billion annually, according to the Centre for Mental Health. In this video Joy Allen, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Police discusses how the Checkpoint Intervention Programme has reduced reoffending rates in Durham. She shares the eligibility criteria Checkpoint uses and strategies to help offenders address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

Developing a Holistic Response to Victims of Honour-Based Abuse

Between 2020 and 2021, there was an 18% increase in the number of honour-based abuse related crimes reported in England and Wales. In this video, Anup Manota, Operations Manager at Karma Nirvana, discusses what honour-based abuse is. He shares signs for organisations to look out for and strategies to overcome some of the barriers victims face in getting help.

Improving Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies with Staff Training and Community Safety Notices

The police recorded 1.3 million incidents of anti-social behaviour in the year ending March 2022. In this video, Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour at Stockport Homes shares how training staff and using community safety notices has helped reduce costs and improved the handling of anti-social behaviour cases in their housing association.

The Positive Impacts of Staff Networks in the Workplace

In 2018, 35% of LGBTQ+ staff reported hiding their sexuality at work for fear of discrimination, according to Stonewall. Ian Adams, Director of Engagement at NHS Resolution shares some reflections on his experience as an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Champion and the positive impact staff networks are having at NHS Resolution.

Supporting and Accommodating Disabled People in the Workplace

Recent research from the University of Derby found that a quarter of those surveyed in the research had hidden their disability from their HR department and that only 36% were open with colleagues about their condition. In this post, Acas share ways employers can make adjustments to better support disabled candidates and colleagues.

Understanding the Future of Blended Learning

In a Jisc Survey (2021) 51% of students said they received support for learning online away from campus. Professor Gunter Saunders, University of Westminster, shares with us the future for blended learning in higher education.

Delivering Estate Maintenance Improvements to Uphold Long-Term Building Safety Standards

In April 2022, the Building Safety Act became law, transforming existing regulations to ensure residential buildings are constructed and maintained safely. In this video Brent O’Halloran, Building Safety Advisor at Clarion Housing shares some of the impacts of the act on the housing sector and the importance of trust between tenants and landlords to deliver effective building safety strategies

Working Collaboratively with Students to Deliver Consent Workshops

Between March 2018- and March 2020, students in England were over three times more likely than average to have experienced sexual assault. In this video, Dr Penny Turnbull, Assistant Director of Student Services, Kara Stewart, GotConsent Coordinator and Leonor Capelier, StaAnd Together Intern discuss how consent workshops delivered at have been developed at the University of St Andrews. These workshops have been developed with students and were adapted to meet the demands of online learning in addition to individual student needs.

Tailoring Engagement Strategies to Involve a Range of Tenants

In 2020, the Government launched the Charter for Social Housing Residents White Paper. This sets out new expectations for housing associations and local authorities to improve tenant engagement and accountability in the social housing system. In this video, Emma Warwick, Head of Service Neighbourhoods & Housing and Steve Shirra, Business Insight & Quality at Hull City Council share how their council has used the pyramid of engagement model to improve tenant engagement in their social housing stock.

The Charter for Social Housing Residents: Social Housing Whitepaper

The Charter for Social Housing Residents outlines better protection for social housing residents. The new charter sets out what every tenant should be able to expect from social housing, making sure they are safe, listened to and live in good quality homes.

Adapting to Future Ways of Working to Improve Workforce Wellbeing

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. Before the pandemic, around 5% of the UK workforce worked mainly from home. In this post, Jane Fawkes, Deputy Principal and University College Secretary at the University College of Estate Management shares how the college has adapted to future ways of working following the pandemic.

Giving a Voice to Victims throughout the Criminal Justice System

Many victims have expressed their disappointment in the criminal justice system. Findings from the Victims Commissioner’s 2021 Victim Survey reveal that only 43% of respondents said they would report a crime again. In this video, Nina Champion, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance gives insights into improving trust, confidence and communications in the criminal justice system. She discusses ways to give victims a voice throughout the process and better support their needs through co-production.

Implementing Integrated Care Systems to Provide Consistent Care for All

Year after year, the cost of adult social care continues to rise and stretch local authorities’ budgets. Between 2020 and 2021, it rose by £1.6 billion. In this video, Frances O’Callaghan, Designated Chief Executive of the North Central London Integrated Care Board shares how the board has worked collaboratively with other organisations to deliver high-quality patient care and improve health inequalities despite lack of funding.

Understanding New Methods of Child Criminal Exploitation

There were 12,720 children identified by social services as being at risk of child criminal exploitation by gangs between March 2021-2022. In this video, Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work at the National Youth Agency discusses some of the challenges young people face which make them vulnerable to criminal exploitation and how services can better engage with them to provide support.

Opportunity for All: Strong Schools with Great Teachers for Your Child

Department for Education Whitepaper sharing the latest advice on how schools can help children reach their best potential.

Using apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention in social care

There were 1.9 million requests for adult social care support received by local authorities in 2020-21, according to NHS Digital. We heard from Skills for care about improving recruitment and retention in the social care sector with the use of apprenticeships to help meet the demands for social care requests.

The Importance of Supporting Student Transitions in Higher Education

Transitioning to university can be challenging to many students, causing anxiety and having a negative impact on their mental health. Elliott Newstead is Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach at the University of Leicester, in this post he discusses the importance of supporting student transitions in higher education and the many ways universities can learn from each other to improve transition services.

Training Schemes that Promote Teacher Wellbeing

In May 2021, the UK government launched the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter to support schools in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of staff. Laura Fordham, is a Senior Trust Consultant at HEART Academies Trust where she oversees staff wellbeing and development. She shares some of the training schemes available to staff working at Bedford Academy to help them with their wellbeing and development.
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