SFC February 2017

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Dear Colleagues

Here is the Safer Future Communities February newsletter, with news and other updates of interest.

With warm wishes.




LVSC/MOPAC State of the CJS Sector survey.

The deadline is fast approaching for your organisation to have your say on the state of the criminal justice sector, and how the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector can influence key policies and strategies such as the Police and Crime Plan and commissioning priorities. Your views are important to us, and the sector must continue to increase its voice in the big issues affecting Londoners. You views will feed directly into how LVSC, through the Safer Future Communities, with the full support of the Mayor's Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC), can better support your organisation's work in achieving sustainable outcomes for your beneficiaries.

Please go to http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/G3MX4/ to complete the survey. All organisations completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw of Marks & Spencer's vouchers.

Draft Police and Crime Plan

LVSC and Clinks will be doing a joint response to the draft Police and Crime Plan. Over the last month, LVSC, through the Safer Future Communities network meetings and engagement with other VCS networks in London, have collated a diverse range of views that will feed into the response to MOPAC. I encourage you to also give your own organisational response. Deadline for response to the Plan is 3rd March

Project Future in Tottenham, N.17

I visited the Mac-UK Project Future Impact Open day. This is a Youth-Led and Partnership project that works with a community of young men, aged 16 to 25, who are often labelled as "socially excluded", "offenders" and "gang members". A very good example of co-production driven by young people themselves, and achieving positive outcomes.

Youth Justice Priorities for 2017/18 - Have your say!

The Youth Justice Board are seeking views/contributions from LVSC about priorities for next year's (2017/18) workplan, in light of the recommendations from the Charlie Taylor Review of the Youth Justice System. Please email me with your suggestion/ideas for action and have your say in shaping the Youth Justice agenda for London.

New ways to tackle Domestic Violence and Abuse announced by Theresa May

The Prime Minister has announced plans to transform the way Domestic Violence and Abuse should be dealt with. The intention is to carry out a major programme of work leading to the introduction of a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act. Click here for more details

NOMS to be replaced by HMPPS!

Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary has announced that, from April 1, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will be replaced by a new agency to be called Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service. It will be responsible for all operations across prisons and probation and tackle the high levels of reoffending. A key focus for the new agency will be meeting the particular needs of female offenders.

New Metropolitan Police Commissioner Appointed

Cressida Dick has been appointed as the first female commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, making her Britain's Highest-ranking Police Officer. Here is the BBC's take on the five challenges facing the new Commissioner



1st March: A Space to think: London for All Annual Conference. An event for participants in the London for All programmes, to reflect on learning over the last 4 years of the programme. VSC agencies and partners are also welcome to come and find out what's on offer in terms of opportunities for capacity development and speak with commissioners and funders about your priority needs.

6th March: Preventing Youth Crime: An event by 'Ambition' to explore associated character traits and potential intervention. Click here to book a place.

14th March: LVSC/Clinks High Down Prison Event: High Down prison are keen to work with Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations working with offenders, and see this event as an opportunity to share their Reform Plans with VCS and explore solutions together in improving rehabilitation outcomes for offenders and theoir families. If you work with offenders, this is a great opportunity to find out how you can better improve your links with prisons and contribute to the rehabilitation agenda. Please email events@clinks.org.uk as soon as possible to confirm your attendance as places are limited. Please kindly copy me into your confirmation email.

17th March: Pact, the national charity that supports families affected by imprisonment, is holding their annual lecture, the Sir Harold Wood Memorial Lecture and Symposium. Click here to find out more and register if you want to attend.



Neighbourhood Policing Model

The Police Foundation has published a paper exploring the Neighbourhood Policing Model. In light of the Mayor's proposal to introduce Neighbourhood Policing in London, this investigative report sets the tone for what it could look like.

Princes Trust Youth index 2017

The Princes Trust Macquarie Youth Index shows that one in ten young people feel their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try.

StopHateUK Training Programme

StopHateUK still has a few places available for their March Training. Click here to find out more

Commissioning Possible: Meeting the Challenges of evidence-based commissioning

Catch 22 has produced a briefing considering the issues facing commissioners because of evidence-based commissioning as part of their Realising Ambition programme


The Small Grants Fund now live on LCF website

Website and Digital Projects Funding for Small Charities: Digital Agency, White fuse are giving away £5000 each month to small and medium-sized organisations to help charities transform their online presence or set up a website for the first time. The funding is on an ongoing basis. Click here for more details.

Easter Free Film Opportunity for 16-25 years olds. A 6-day training package for young people over the Easter holidays. Click here to find out more. Deadline for applications is Thursday 16th March.


Working Chance have job opportunities for women and girls who have been in care and looking for work. To find out more and for info on how to apply for any of this month's jobs, please contact Haydn@workingchance.org or Amba@workingchance.org . Please kindly circulate to interested service users.

Policy and Impact Officer at Switchback. Apply here. Deadline is 10am Monday 6th March.

Community Accoountant Vacancy at Sutton CVS. Closing date is Monday 13th March

Freelance Facilitators at Safe Ground. For more details of how to apply, email keisha.bhamra@safeground.org.uk . Deadline is 12th April



Ade Fashade

Policy and Project Manager (Crime and Justice)
London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)

2nd Floor, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

020 7832 5882 | ade@lvsc.org.uk | www.lvsc.org.uk


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