Protecting Vulnerable Communities Newsletter – 15 January 2021

Government news and campaigns

Stay at Home messaging

To support the current national lockdown Public Health England has produced a range of campaign assets for you to use or share with your networks.


Ask for ANI codeword scheme

Yesterday the Government launched the Ask for ANI codeword scheme with independent and Boots pharmacies, to help victims of domestic abuse access support.

We have produced downloadable assets including posters and social media images and would appreciate any support to amplify the scheme on your social media channels, with your services and amongst your networks. We have also attached a Q&A pack to address queries about the scheme.


Violence Against Women and Girls: call for evidence

The Home Office continues to run a Call for Evidence which is seeking to collect views on crimes considered as violence against women and girls (VAWG). The consultation will run until the 19th February.

The easiest way to respond and ensure that your views are taken into account is to respond to the online survey available for the general public.


#YouAreNotAlone and Community Safeguarding campaign materials

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

#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 an employer pack and translated assets, are available to download. There is also more information in the attached partner pack.

The Community Safeguarding Leaflet contains information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities and may not be trained 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

SWGfL donate Reputation Alerts and Whisper to all schools

South West Grid for Learning have announced they are offering two of their products – Reputation Alerts and Whisper – to schools and the wider community free of charge for a five week trial.


Internet Matters publish ‘Refuge and Risk’

This week Internet Matters published ‘Refuge and Risk’ providing insight into 6,500+ UK children with some form of vulnerability. The report details how the online world is a lifeline for them and how some are more likely to meet particular dangers over the internet than their non-vulnerable peers.

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