SFC January 2017

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Dear Colleagues

Here is the January edition of the Safer Future Communities bulletin which contains news and updates in the criminal justice sector.

I hope you find the information in the newsletter useful. If you have any news and updates to share for the February bulletin, please feel free to send to me.

If you would like to know more about the SFC themed groups, Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG); Reducing Reoffending; Victims Services Alliance and Gangs & Serious Youth Violence, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes



Police and Crime Plan Consultation

Your views on the Police and Crime Plan for London

The deadline date for feedback and comments has been extended to 2nd March. Click here to have a say

Safety in Custody Statistics

Latest Safety in Custody statistics are out, and its makes grim reading. Includes deaths in prison custody up to December 2016, and assaults and self-harms up to September 2016

Government Commitment to Mental Health Support

Prime Minister plans to transform mental health support: This commitment is welcomed in the criminal justice system. But the question many in the Voluntary and Community Sector are asking is, how will this be funded?

Commissioning crisis for small charities

Civil Society News article about the growing commissioning crisis that is threatening the very existence of smaller charities, according to a report by the Lloyds Bank Foundation

End Victim blaming of women

'Blaming Women for rape and sexual assaults insults us all' - article from End Violence Against Women coalition on the continued 'victim blaming' attitudes which is still commonplace in society.



2nd February: DWP Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. LVSC Consultation event on Disability and Work in conjunction with DWP

21st February 2017. The Apprenticeship levy. LVSC Employment and Skills free event on changes that may affect Voluntary and Community Sector in funding of Apprenticeship training

1st March: National Criminal Justice Alliance AGM. Free event. Book here to reserve a place

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



Charities Act: Disqualification Powers

Useful Clinks briefing on new disqualification powers under the Charities Act. This may affect people with certain criminal convictions.

Circle: The Free London Safety App

Circle is the free, must-have safety app for Londoners. It's an easy way to stay safe and connected to your nearest and dearest in and around the city. Simply check-in with friends at the touch of a button, letting them know you're okay or that you need a little help. It has other useful resources too, like emergency contact numbers and directions to your closest Safety Spot. Available for Android and iPhone.

St.Giles Trust 'Footsteps' Project

A new project set up to help women leaving prison take their first steps to independence . Find out more here

'Five enduring challenges for families of prisoners'.

A blog by Ben Watson formerly of Clinks. An interesting insight into family visits to prisons is like.

Transgender Prisoners' Guidelines

Prisons and Probations Ombudsman have published new Guidelines for Transgender Prisoners. In light of the recent death in prison of Jenny Swift, this is a timely report.




Stronger Organisations, Benefiting Londoners

A London Council Funding that provides infrastructure support and training to Advice organisations in London. The programme offers a wide range of services to individual advice services, advice networks and other partnerships, including: help with fundraising and other income generation; strategic planning; development of advice strategies and commissioning frameworks; social policy and influencing work; learning and skills support, including training provision. Click here to find out more

Tackling Serious and Organised Crime

The Serious and Organised Crime Prevent Team in the Home Office is asking for bids for funding for 2017-18 from those working in this area. The funding will support the piloting of projects which seek to prevent individuals from becoming involved in serious and organised crime, or from continuing to be involved. Deadline for bids is 4th March. No available weblinks, so if interested, please email rhiannedd.mclean@clinks.org

Small Grants Fund

Over £40m worth of grants to support over 5,000 projects across London. Now live on London Community Foundation (LCF) website


Ade Fashade
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Email: ade@lvsc.org.uk
Twitter: @ade_LVSC


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