Protecting vulnerable communities newsletter – 29 January 2021

Government news and campaigns

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). There are three weeks left until the consultation closes on 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.

Please share the Call for Evidence with your networks and on your social channels, to ensure as many people as possible respond to the consultation.

COVID-19 Stay at Home messaging

Infection numbers are still high, and so is the pressure on the NHS. That is why it is so important that we all continue to follow the rules and stay at home.

Please share the communications products in the attached toolkit on your social channels and networks, tell people where to find information and start positive conversations about the importance of following the rules.

Ask for ANI codeword scheme

The Government launched the Ask for ANI codeword scheme with independent and Boots pharmacies on 14 January, to help victims of domestic abuse access support.

Thank you for your support to promote the launch so far. 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.

#SomethingsNotRight, #YouAreNotAlone and Community Safeguarding campaign materials

The Home Office is currently 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. We have relaunched paid for campaign activity in light of current lockdown measures. All 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 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.

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