SFC April 2017

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Dear Colleagues

Welcome to your Safer Future Communities (SFC) April Newsletter.

General Elections fever is now upon us and the Purdah is now underway. So not much will be happening from Whitehall or Westminster for now! In the meantime, the SFC network has been involved in various forums and meetings such as the London Children and Policing Forum, The Mayor's Youth Justice as well as the Adults Reducing Reoffending Groups and the Human Rights Alliance meetings. SFC is also in conversation with Wandsworth Prison to explore how the Voluntary and Community sector can be more practically involved in rehabilitation of offenders in areas such as learning and skills training. Ensuring that the voice of the VCSE sector is engaged in criminal justice issues and strategic policy work in London continues to be the key aim of the SFC network. It is essential that the network maintains the pan-London VCS perspective on the delivery of the key priorities in the Mayor's new Police and Crime Plan.

Over the next few weeks, the network will kick off with the first series of its sub-group meetings; the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sub-group, the Victims Services Alliance, the Reducing Reoffending and the Gangs & Serious Youth Violence sub-groups. These meetings will aim to set the Police and Crime Plan priorities for action as far as the Voluntary and Community Sector is concerned. If you have not been involved in these groups, and would like to find out more, please contact me .

I do hope you find the contents of this month's newsletter useful.

Kind Regards.




New Online Hate Crime Reporting Service

A new Police Unit to tackle online Hate Crime has been launched by the Mayor Sadiq Khan. It is the first of its kind in the UK and it aims to provide appropriate support to victims. For more information, click here.

Call for Evidence

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis is working with the Office for Civil Society to gather evidence around how social action can drive better services for people with complex needs, for example by improving outcomes, preventing crisis, reducing stigma or developing more responsive joined-up services. The questions and guidance for submissions is available on the APPG website here. If you have personal experience of these issues or know of relevant examples, you can submit your evidence to sarah.cameron2@turning-point.co.uk. The APPG ask for any possible response prior to 20th May 2017.

Mental Health Equality

Do you work in one of the following areas; Camden, City of London, Islington, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Tower Hamlets or Hillingdon and the surrounding boroughs? HEAR (Humanity, Equality and Rights Network) is helping its members influence health commissioning to improve mental health provision, particularly for intersectional people. We think having CCGs include mental health in their equality objectives will help. HEAR is arranging a series of events, in different parts of London, to connect those working with people with mental health support needs, user-led projects, and local commissioners. If you want to be involved in these events, please email HEARcampaigns@reap.org.uk

The Centre for Crime and Justice is asking members of the public to have their say on the future of former Holloway Prison site in Islington. Click here to complete the online survey. Kindly pass on to your service users.


5th May:- User Voice in collaboration with Volteface is holding a Prison Drug Policy Symposium event. Register here if interested.

Knife Crime strategy Consultation Meeting with the LVSC SFC Gangs & Youth Violence VCS Group:- MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Police and Crime) is keen to hear your views about the proposed Knife Crime Strategy for London. This is a key commitment by the Mayor of London and the Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime as part of the Police and Crime Plan 'Keeping children and Young People Safe' priority theme. There is a consultation meeting scheduled for Thursday 25th May between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Venue will be at the Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rooad, N.7 6PA. The meeting will be facilitated by MOPAC. If you would like to attend, please email me to register your interest.

LVSC event : Joint LVSC Clarion Housing event on supporting Love London Working:- There will be an LVSC Employment and Skills Network meeting on Tuesday 30th May 2-5pm, taking place at Clarion Housing Group, 2 Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AG, as part of VCS Assist 2.0 programme. The joint event will provide an opportunity to hear about "Love London Working", an ESF funded pan-London training and employment initiative being delivered by 15 Housing Associations, led by Clarion Housing Group. The housing sector are keen to work with VCSE employment and skills providers in the capital to engage 21,000 unemployed and economically inactive residents and help 6,300 people into work. In particular supporting those with health conditions, ex-offenders, and people parenting alone.

For further details, please download a copy of the agenda, as well as importantly booking a place.



Maximising Voluntary Sector Contribution in Criminal Justice: New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has published their findings into the role of charities in the criminal justice system. The report contains suggestions on how commissioners, government, funders and charities themselves can maximise the 'voluntary sector value-add' in the criminal justice sector.

The Value of Autism Accreditation in Prisons: How Autism accreditation is improving Prison Standards. An insightful blog by Rhi McClean from Clinks.

Beyond Youth Custody (BYC) has released a report that highlights key lessons from the Youth in Focus programme, a Big Lottery Fund initiative which supported BYC and 15 voluntary sector projects across the country working with young people leaving custody.

Building Trust among BAME in the Criminal Justice System. A blog by Phil Bowen of the Centre for Justice Innovation

Evaluation of discrimination complaints system in Prisons by Zahid Mubarak Trust and Prison Reform Trust. Click here to read.

Guide on dealing with hate crime. A helpful guide for community organisations by UK Race Equality Network (UKREN)

The Prison and Probation Ombudsman have published a bulletin revealing the disturbing rise in self-inflicted deaths among females in Prisons. Deaths of female prisoners more than doubled in 2016 compared to the previous calendar year. The Ombudsman points out that, worryingly, this show no sign of reducing. The bulletin highlights some key lessons to be learnt.



A new website by the Garfield Weston Foundation. Features examples and guidelines on many of what the foundation has found to be the most challenging aspects of applying for funding.


Check out the new 'Improving Life for Londoners' crowdfunding website to raise fuunds to tackle poverty and inequality in London.



Programme Director - Connect Hackney. Vacancy at Hackney Council for Voluntary Services. Deadline is 17th May. Click here for details

Communications and Engagement Officer, HealthWatch Sutton. Click here for details. Deadline 15th May



Ade Fashade

Policy & Projects Manager


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