Hands on Scotland
Hands On Scotland is an established, well-used website which helps frontline workers make a difference to children and young people’s lives. It offers extensive practical information and ‘hands on’ techniques to respond helpfully to troubling behaviour. Now the Hands On Scotland website has a new portal on how to help children and young people flourish! The new portal is a unique resource giving information, ideas and activities to help promote positive mental health, or flourishing, in all children and young people. It also aims to help improve workers’ and parents’ own mental health, thereby creating a flourishing community.
This new portal was designed for parents, carers and anyone working with infants, children and young people (for example: teachers, social workers, foster carers, health workers, school nurses, nursery nurses, etc). Visit the website at www.handsonscotland.co.uk and help build flourishing young lives.
Rape Crisis Scotland
is launching a new campaign "This is not an invitation to rape me" to tackle the women-blaming practices. for more information please visit their dedicated website.
Rape's a Real Crime
Article by Dr Nicole Westmarland, Durham University, in the New Statesman.
Guide to the workplace killing law
The Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA) has published an 80-page guide to the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act which came into force on 6 April 2008. CCA says the guide is intended to help a range of interested groups and individuals - lawyers, advisers, bereaved families, trade unions, managers, employers or others - to understand the nature of the new offence, the type of organisations to which it applies, the circumstances that will lead to prosecution and areas in which the Act remains open to legal interpretation. CCA says its guide also helps explain how the new 'statutory' offence differs from the old 'common law' offence, and sets out the main arguments on each of the key issues in the 12 years since the Law Commission in England and Wales published its proposals for reform in 1996. A summary of the Act's key provisions is available on CCA's website.
Rights of Women website
This is a website which is designed as a friendly and useful first stop for women who may need legal help. It also features downloadable copies of research and policy papers, and a downloadable poster for the advice line.
British Federation of Women Graduates.
This organisation is a Federation of Local Associations providing graduate women in Great Britain with information, support and friendship at local, regional, national and international level. For more information visit their website at www.bfwg.org.uk
Northern Ireland Veterans Association.
The Northern Ireland Veterans Association is principally for Members of HM Forces and 999 services that served in Northern Ireland, but also to other members of HM Forces, 999 services, and civil servants, and any other person sympathetic to the aims of the Association. More information is available on their website, www.nivets.org.uk.
Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
This body has replaced the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality. It became fully operational in October 2007. One important issue for BAWP is that it will be responsible for the production of Orders to ensure better performance of public sector duty to promote gender equality, which will come into force in April 2007. More information is available on their website.
Amnesty International SVAW Campaign.
In March 2004, Amnesty International UK launched a global campaign to stop violence against women. The Stop Violence Against Women (SVAW) campaign focuses on ending violence against women in the family and in conflict/post conflict situations on both national and international levels.
The SVAW campaigns team has since launched a report about sexual violence against women in Jamaica. As there is a large UK Jamaican population, it is interesting to note that many of the findings from this report are mirrored here among the UK Jamaican community. A copy of the report is available here, and more information on the campaign as a whole can be obtained from their website.
Resources for people dealing with officer-involved DV.
An American worker in this area, Diane Wetendorf, has a website for survivors of such incidents, with information on publications available for others working in the field, at http://www.abuseofpower.info. Although American, the points she makes are relevant to the UK.
Mental Capacity Act.
This very important piece of legislation came into force in 2007, and police personnel need to become aware of it . Amongst other provisions to protect vulnerable adults, it is now a criminal offence to financially or otherwise abuse persons who fall into this category. For more information please visit the website.
Gender equality duty
The gender equality duty (GED) is the biggest change in sex equality law in 30 years; and the Police Service of England and Wales welcomes this new duty as a powerful tool that will help deliver real practical developments and change to the lives of both men and women.
The duty came into force on 6 April 2007 and has been introduced in recognition of a new approach to equality, one which places more responsibility on employers to think strategically about gender equality, rather than leaving it with individuals to challenge poor practice.
For the Police Service the duty mandates that all chief officers have a statutory requirement to publish a Gender Equality Scheme (GES) by the 30 April 2007, setting out their objectives for gender equality and how they will meet the new duty.
The Home Office guidelines (to which BAWP contributed) are available here.
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
DCAF is pleased to share its latest resource: Gender and Complaints Mechanisms: A Handbook for Armed Forces and Ombuds Institutions to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Related Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying and Abuse
Around the world, armed forces are recognizing the important contribution that women make within their ranks, and the fact that increasing the representation of female personnel is fundamental to capability and operational effectiveness. In tackling barriers to women’s full participation in armed forces, a key priority is to prevent gender-related discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse –to ensure that all personnel, men and women, serve in an environment that is healthy, safe and respectful, and upholds their human rights. Effective and trusted complaints mechanisms are a crucial component of such an environment.
This handbook brings together knowledge and experience as regards prevention of misconduct and handling and monitoring of complaints within armed forces, with particular regard to gender. It is a resource for armed forces, ministries of defence, ombuds institutions and others that manage and oversee armed forces in:
· establishing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for men and women in the armed forces;
· dealing with instances and complaints of gender-related discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse in the armed forces; and
· monitoring and overseeing the handling of instances and complaints of gender-related discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse in the armed forces.
The handbook was developed by DCAF in partnership with the Parliamentary Ombudsman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, and with the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and the Swiss Confederation.
Should you wish to receive printed copies, please contact us. We would be grateful if you would share this announcement with others whom you think might find the handbook of interest.
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Street address: Office P5-749, Rue Eugène-Rigot 2E, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
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