01 Mar 2022 | Online
10:00am - 14:35pm

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Overview

The safety of women and girls has become a major societal and political issue in recent months, following the recent tragedies of Sarah Everard and Bibaa Henry, amongst others. But this is on top of long-term problems around domestic violence, with incidents increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In schools, colleges, and universities, a culture of rape and sexual harassment has been brought to public notice recently, which is a concern for educational establishments across the country.

How do we tackle this epidemic of violence against women and girls? How can government policy effectively address this problem? How should policing be modified to ensure women are better protected and cases more effectively addressed? 

These are just some of the questions being addressed at the online Women's Safety conference in March.


Who should attend?

  • Senior police leaders
  • Police & Crime Commissioners
  • Courts, judiciary and lawyers
  • Women’s Charities
  • Local authorities
  • Social media company executives
  • School, college and university leaders
  • Transportation services
  • Probation services
  • Youth offending teams
  • Fire and rescue services
Agenda
10:00

Opening remarks from the Chair

10:05

Ministerial address

Outlining the key aims and tenets of government policy to tackle violence against women and girls. What’s the strategy in terms of understanding the problem, prioritising prevention, supporting victims, and pursuing perpetrators

Caroline Nokes, MP & Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament

10:25

Delivering the VAWG strategy within the Online Harms Bill

  • How does the Online Harms Bill address the issue of violence against women and girls perpetrated online?
  • Does the Online Harms Bill protect the right of women and girls to express themselves online without threat of abuse?
  • Are black and minoritised communities protected from online harms?

Sheila Amedodah, Junior Political Consultant, Dods Group

10:55

Examining the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and what it means for police, courts and local authorities

  • Statutory definition of domestic abuse and rolling out Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders
  • Clarifying the role and responsibilities of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner
  • Duties of local authorities to provide safe accommodation for victims and their children
  • Special measures in criminal, civil and family courts
  • Outlining a statutory domestic abuse perpetrator strategy
11:25

How does the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill address the issue of violence against women and girls

  • How will the new legal duties operate?
  • What are the responsibilities for councils and local authorities in terms of planning and collaborators with local partners?
  • How will the provisions be funded?
  • To what extent does the Bill complement the Domestic Abuse Act and governments broader VAWG strategy?
12:05

Break

12:30

Delivering grassroots change: What have we learnt from the ‘whole school approach’ in Croydon schools?

  • How do we educate boys to be more respectful to girls?
  • Forging alliances with parents and the wider community
  • What are these building blocks of a whole school approach and how can they be replicated?
13:00

How the Department of Education is addressing sexual harassment and abuse in educational settings?

  • New guidance for how schools and colleges should respond to a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment
  • Embedding better relationship, health and sex education into the curriculum
  • Ensuring a consistent understanding of what sexual violence and sexual harassment actually looks like in practice
13:30

Exploring NHS England and NHS Improvement strategies to support VAWG policies

  • NHS Sexual Assault Referral Clinics (SARCs)
  • Best practice for NHS Trusts
  • GP and nurse led services to support victims

Alexandra Ming, Senior Political Consultant, Dods Group

14:00

Do these policies go far enough? Where are the gaps and what further action is required?

14:30

Closing remarks by the Chair

 

Speakers
Caroline Nokes
MP & Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament

Caroline is the Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North and the current Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament.  Since her election in 2010 she has served as a Minister in the Department for Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office and was Minister of State for Immigration in Theresa May’s Cabinet.  Immediately prior to becoming an MP she was the Chief Executive of an animal welfare charity.

Alexandra Ming
Senior Political Consultant, Dods Group

Alexandra Ming is Dods’ Principal Political Consultant for Health and Equalities, and in her capacity advises a range of public, private, and charitable sector organisations on health, human rights and equalities policy developments.

Prior to joining Dods, Alexandra was a research assistant for the Global Governance Institute and contributed to papers on topics such as the UK adherence to international human rights obligations and global health mechanisms to address antimicrobial resistance.

@ming_alexandra

Sheila Amedodah
Junior Political Consultant, Dods Group

Sheila Amedodah is Dods’ Political Consultant for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports. Prior to joining Dods, Sheila worked in public affairs, working alongside national and international businesses and stakeholders. She holds a BA in Politics and Human Rights from the University of Essex and wrote her dissertation on black social movements in the UK and USA.

Who should attend?
  • Senior police leaders
  • Police & Crime Commissioners
  • Courts, judiciary and lawyers
  • Women’s Charities
  • Local authorities
  • Social media company executives
  • School, college and university leaders
  • Transportation services
  • Probation services
  • Youth offending teams
  • Fire and rescue services

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