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Safeguarding

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.

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.

Creating Accessible Services for Disabled Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Disabled women are twice as likely to experience abuse than non-disabled women. In this video, Ruth Bashall, Policy and Projects Advisor, at Stay Safe East shares some of the challenges disabled survivors of domestic abuse face and what changes need to be made to make services more accessible.

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.

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.

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

Supporting Victims and Witnesses to Achieve Good Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

In 2020, only 6% of victims were satisfied with their initial contact with the police. Rachel Roberts, Head of the Victim and Witness Care Unit at Surrey Police shared how the Unit has been able to support victims and witnesses at every step through the Criminal Justice System.

Domestic Abuse: Improving Police Response to Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2021, the police recorded nearly 1.5 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes. Roy Wilshire, Lead for Domestic Abuse, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire Services shared the latest findings from the inspection on how police forces have responded to recent cases of violence against women and girls and how the police can improve.

Children in Care: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Over 1 in 8 children in care go missing every year. They are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation, and when they return, are often put in secure accommodation. We heard from the National Youth Advocacy Service about why secure accommodation isn’t always the best option and why open communication can be the best way forward in these situations.

The Role of Housing Associations in Combatting Domestic Abuse

Housing providers have a duty to safeguard at risk adults in their homes. The pandemic challenged how they safeguard people at risk of domestic abuse and trained staff to spot the signs. This case study looks at how Sovereign Housing Association adapted safeguarding services for residents throughout the pandemic.

Providing Safe Homes for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on domestic abuse services with 1 in 6 homeless cases registered between April and June 2021 being survivors of domestic abuse. Housing service providers need to find ways to improve services for survivors and to collaborate with partner organisations to provide the best possible support for survivors.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: A Conversation with Chris Green

The pandemic has caused a sharp increase in violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the UK. We interviewed Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK about the charity’s latest work and his advice on what organisations can do to engage men in tackling VAWG.

Gender-Based Violence: Support for Survivors through Housing and Legal Advice

According to Women’s Aid women experience 35 incidents of domestic violence on average before reporting it to the Police. Ivié Itoje, a Legal Advisor at London’s Black Women’s Project shared the valuable work of the project in helping women out of dangerous circumstances.

Supporting the Community to Protect Against Fraud

Building Public Resilience against Fraud is the job of the National Trading Standards Scams Team. This case study looks at the work of the team in supporting victims of mass marketing fraud scams.

Action Fraud: Raising Awareness and Supporting Victims

Falling victim of fraud can be extremely distressing, causing emotional and financial damage. This case study examines the work of Action Fraud in supporting victims of fraud and educating potential victims to prevent fraud from taking place.

Ofsted: A Review on Sexual Harassment in Schools

After the viral ‘Everyone’s Invited’ campaign that raised awareness of sexual harassment in schools, Ofsted launched an investigation into the prevalence of abuse in schools. This article outlines the findings of this review, providing recommendations to tackle abuse.

Digital Safeguarding Strategies to Protect Children Online

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) have a vision to eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online. This case study examines the work of the IWF and what they are doing to tackle online child exploitation.

Offender Management: Insights from the Minister for Prisons and Probation

Alex Chalk MP, Minister for Prisoners and probation provided the latest updates in probation services at the Offender Management Conference 2021.

Combatting Gangs, Violence & County Lines: Drugs, Exploitation and Harm Reduction

Jason Kew, Detective Chief Inspector of Thames Valley VRU spoke to us about the work they've been doing to spot and prevent exploitation, and reduce drug-related harm.

Managing Parole and Protecting the Public from Serious Offenders

When examining issues surrounding offender management, resettlement, and rehabilitation it is useful to examine the work of the Parole Board for England and Wales. This case study will outline the structure of the Parole Board of England and Wales, while discussing to the benefits of Parole and the ways in which it promotes the safety of the public.