SFC March 2017

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Dear Colleagues

Here is the March Safer Future Communities Newsletter, with the latest crime and justice news and updates.

I hope you find it useful. If you have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards.


The Mayor's new Police and Crime Plan: 'A Safer City for all Londoners' has now been published. A key feature of the plan is the Neighbourhood Policing initiative which promises to set local priorities based on local need. It also focuses on key priorities such as Protecting children and young people, Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), and providing a Better Criminal Justice Service in London.

I will be contacting you soon for your views in response to the Plan going forward, in particular, from the VAWG, Victims and Youth Justice/Youth Violence perspectives. These will help in putting together a response from the SFC network to MOPAC on ideas for action. In the meantime, if you have immediate thoughts on these, please email me .

Prison and Courts Bill

The Prisons and Courts Bill is now at the Committee stage in the House of Commons. MPs are inviting interested parties to submit their views to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee. Click here for more details.

New guidelines for sentencing children.

The Sentencing Council have published new guidelines in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. It applies to all children and young people who are sentenced on or after 1st June 2017.

Concerns over media reporting of Knife Crimes

Irresponsible reporting of Knife Crime is alienating young people, says Vicky Foxcroft MP and Chair of cross-party Commission on Youth Violence in The Guardian

Increase in women being recalled to custody

The number of women being recalled back to custody is at risk on rising further due to Government's probation reforms, according to a new briefing by the Prison Reform Trust. 'Why Women?' has revealed that the number of women in custody has risen dramatically following changes introduced to the Offender Rehabilitation Act in 2014.


8th May: Tackling Multiple Disadvantage: National Summit. A MEAM Coalition event. Click here to register.

MOPAC Public Scrutiny Meetings: The Mayor's Office for Police and Crime hold regular public meetings to hold the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice partners to account and ensure that the Mayor's policing and crime priorities are being met to keep Londoners safe. Click here to find out more.

The Mayor's Crowdfund London workshops: City Hall are holding a series of crowdfunding workshops to encourage local community organisations to come forward with ideas that will help make a difference in local areas. Click here to find out more about when the roadshow is coming to your area.

14th June 2017: If you provide professional support in advice and advocacy, get yourself updated to changes in welfare benefits by booking on Disability Rights UK's Benefits Overview Course. Please note that this course is not for individual benefit claimants


Fiona Wallace from NFP Synergy discusses five tips for charities who work with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in this blog. These groups are responsible for designing and commissioning local health services in England. The commissioners who lead the groups are GPs and other clinicians that work in the local area. Tips include best ways to communicate and how to engage with sceptical MPs. Read the blog here

Women in the Criminal Justice System: A Health Strategy: Recommendations for Action. NHS London Clinical Networks report

The Justice Select Committee has published a report on the Impact of Brexit on the Justice System

The Justice Gap bids farewell to the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and suggests that more than a name change is desperately needed.

Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) has exploited small charities and has failed to deliver on its Payment By Results targets. This is according to a report by New Philanthropy Capital on the role of charities in prison reforms and rehabilitation.

A new report from the Centre for Justice Innovation examines racial disparities and mistrust of the criminal justice system among Black and Ethnic Minority groups. The ' Building Trust' reports provide detailed analysis and gives model examples for action being tried in other countries. As usual, a well-written summary blog is provided on the issue by the ever reliable, Russell Webster.


Visit the Small Grants Fund now live on London Community Fund website

Red Nose day Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund for small community and voluntary and social enterprise organisations in London. Deadline for applications is 12th April.

The Ministry of Justice is looking to establish a Prison Education Framework for the provision of education services to custody in England. This is still in early stages of development

Bright Ideas Fund 2017: The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups support and tools to set up community businesses on ideas that matter to them. Click here for more details.

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

Crisis is advertising for a Stories Journalist, with lived experience of homelessness to help create a campaign to change the way people think of homelessness. Deadline is 21st April. Click here for details.

Office Space Required: Why me? is looking for new offices from 1st July 2017. Approx. 10*10 feet (6 desks) inside zone 2 in London. Two people require a dedicated and quiet space to take calls for our helpline and to talk to victims of crime. The other 4-6 people can use hotdesks in an open office. We do not have storage requirements above a four drawer filing cabinet and small cupboard for books and DVDs. Access to meeting rooms is required for 2-15 people on a weekly basis.

Please email Lucy at info@why-me.org to discuss or call on 020 3096 7708.



Ade Fashade

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

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020 7832 5882 | ade@lvsc.org.uk


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