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Key topic areas covered include: Children & Young People, Communities, Environment, Fire & Rescue Services, Housing & Planning, and more…

Reducing the Barriers to Belief in Child Sexual Exploitation Cases

15% of girls and 5% of boys in the UK are estimated to have been sexually abused before the age of 16. In this video, Mike Sheath, Manager of the Lucy Faithfull foundation shares some of the signs of child sexual exploitation and how services can better support victims.

Training Front-Line Staff to Improve Understanding of Child Criminal Exploitation

Almost 10,000 children were arrested for drug or weapon offences between 2019 and 2020, 15% of these children were first-time offenders aged 10-14. In this video, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire police share how they have equipped staff to work in partnership between services, safeguarding children and preventing child criminal exploitation in a local and regional capacity.

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

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.

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.

Drawing on Legislation to Support Local Government in the Fight Against Online Fraud

In this post Dr Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement of the College of Business, Technology and Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, discusses what UK and International legislation is in place to help support local Authorities in tackling online fraud.

Protecting Girls and Young Women from Criminal Exploitation and Violence

It is often thought that only boys are criminally exploited but research by The Children’s Commissioner reveals that girls account for 34% of children aged under 17 involved in gangs in England. In this video Sherry Peck, Chief Executive of Safer London addresses the less well-known role of girls in criminal networks and discusses contextual safeguarding approaches to improve support programmes focused on rehabilitating females affected by violence and exploitation.

Taking steps towards Ending Veteran Rough Sleeping

Between 3-6% of homeless people in the UK come from an armed forces background. Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations-Care and Support Functions at Riverside homes, he shares with us some of the steps needed to end veteran rough sleeping.

Implementing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health

1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem, and there are escalating concerns nationwide around issues such as anxiety, self-harm and panic attacks. In this video, Lauren Pinney, Head of PSHE and Student Wellbeing at Hove Park School discusses how a whole school approach to mental health has benefitted both staff and student wellbeing.

Identifying and Working to Support Victims of Cuckooing

Using a Community Safer Grant, Stockport Homes were commissioned to undertake a 16 month pilot project to address the issue of cuckooing in the borough. Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour shares with us how they have supported vulnerable tenants who are victims of cuckooing.

Fire Safety Law – A 2022 Update

In April 2021, the Fire Safety Act became law and transformed the regulatory environment of the build environment and fire safety sectors. Dr Nick Williams, Course Leader on the Building Control Surveyor Apprentice Degree and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton shares the recent updates to fire safety law in the UK and what these updates mean for building management.

Creating Accessible Online Platforms for People with Disabilities

Digitalisation is often seen as a positive modernising and cost-saving process. As public sector services increasingly move online, certain groups of society are at risk of being left behind. Grace Clark, Service Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, shares insights into creating accessible online platforms for adults with learning disabilities to help increase their independence.

Creating Sensitive Loneliness Strategies for the Older LGBTQ+ Community

LGBTQ+ people over the age of 55 are vulnerable to loneliness as they are more likely to live alone and have lower levels of contact with relatives, according to Stonewall. Keith Hargreaves, Community Development Manager, SAGE, Yorkshire MESMAC Leeds shared with us ways organisations can work in partnership to support individuals and help create networks that reduce loneliness.

Preventing Child Exploitation: Identifying Vulnerable Young People and Intervening Early

Over 12,500 children in England were identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation in March 2020-21. Alex Bridge, Service Manager at Southend Borough Council, shares how the ‘See the Signs’ campaign has raised local community awareness of child exploitation to improve early intervention responses from councils and protect at risk individuals.

Overcoming Challenges to Design Affordable and Sustainable Social Housing

The Government’s Future Homes and Building Regulations Standard requires all houses built from 2025 to produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes delivered under current regulations. We heard from Karen Lythe, Assistant Director of Strategic Housing, and Matthew Clarkson, Design and Construction Services Manager at Doncaster Council about overcoming challenges to deliver the council’s House Build Programme in line with the Future Homes Standard.

Generating Community Support for Sustainable Housing Projects

The UK Government has set the target of achieving net zero by 2050 and the social housing sector will play a key role in meeting this goal. We heard from James Caspell, Neighbourhood Director (Lancaster West and Grenfell Housing Services), at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, about improving engagement with the local community to gain their support for sustainable housing projects.

Developing a Green Infrastructure Framework to Improve Resident Access to Nature

In November 2020, the Government published the Charter for Social Housing Residents, establishing new standards for social housing providers to deliver safe homes and improve the quality of existing neighbourhoods. In this video, Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscaping and Placemaking at Peabody, shares how regenerating spaces at Thamesmead through the Living in the Landscape scheme is helping improve resident access to green spaces.

Providing Personalised Dementia Care for all

With almost 900,000 living with Dementia in the UK, and projections this will rise to 1.6 million by 2040, the need to improve dementia care services is high. We heard from Jan Oyebode, Chair in Dementia Care at the University of Bradford about the importance of developing a more personalised approach to patient care in dementia care services.

Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together

We’re delighted to welcome Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Louisa has worked across women’s specialist services and the homelessness sector in England for the past twelve years, in both frontline and strategic roles.

Implementing the Housing First Pilot Scheme Nationwide

In 2019, the UK Government pledged £28 million to launch 3 Housing First Pilots as part of a strategy to end rough sleeping by 2027. Mike Hughes, Project Manager of Greater Manchester Housing First, shared with us how the Housing First Pilot has been able to rehouse over 300 people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
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