Violence Against Women and Girls: call for evidence


Government news and campaigns

Violence Against Women and Girls: call for evidence – deadline today, 11.45pm

As you are aware, the Home Office is running a Call for Evidence which is seeking to collect views on crimes considered as violence against women and girls (VAWG). The deadline to respond to the Call for Evidence is today, at 11.45pm. We would really appreciate if you could share the Call for Evidence with your networks and on your social channels.

The easiest way to share your views is to respond to the online survey available for the general public, which only takes 15 minutes to complete. Written submissions can also be sent to [email protected].

Ask for ANI codeword scheme

The Government launched the Ask for ANI codeword scheme with independent and Boots pharmacies in January. Last week, SafeLives published an interview with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who offered her support for the scheme.

Thank you to all those who supported the launch. We have produced downloadable assets including posters and social media images for you to use. We continue to welcome any feedback about how the scheme has been implemented locally. For more information or materials, please email [email protected].

COVID-19 toolkit

We have attached the latest Cabinet Office toolkit with further information and social assets on COVID-19, including testing and vaccines.

#SomethingsNotRight, #YouAreNotAlone and Community Safeguarding campaign materials 

The Home Office is still running a number of campaigns in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

·    ‘Something’s Not Right’ aims to help secondary school children in England who suffered a range of harms, such as sexual and physical abuse, during lockdown. More information is available on the campaign web page and campaign materials are available to download from the campaign portal.

·    #YouAreNotAlone aims to raise awareness and signpost to information and support available for victims, family/friends and perpetrators of domestic abuse. On GOV.UK there is full guidance and easy read guidance on getting help for Domestic Abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. Campaign materials, including a partner pack, employer pack and translated assets, are available to download.

·    The Community Safeguarding Leaflet contains information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.

Stakeholder news and campaigns

Parent Zone launches safeguarding drop-in sessions for parents

Parent Zone is launching a new safeguarding drop-in for parents next week as part of Google’s Be Internet Legends programme. The session will help parents to have important conversations with their children about online risks during the remote learning period and more generally. Based on the Be Internet Brave pillar of the programme, Parent Zone’s experts will share ideas and activities to help children to open up if they’re worried about anything they experience online.

The sessions will be delivered live on YouTube on Monday 22nd February and Thursday 25th February. Parents can join the sessions live and ask questions our experts questions, or watch a recording of the session afterwards.