Government launches new national hate crime awareness campaign

A new nationwide hate crime campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of what constitutes a hate crime has been launched by the government.

The campaign has been developed in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime and other organisations, to help the public understand hate crime, particularly offences which often people do not recognise as criminal, such as some forms of online and verbal abuse.

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board Newsletter Now Available (Edition 1)

The latest newsletter from the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board is now available. Click here to download (PDF format).

Safeguarding agencies across Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral are working together to ensure that adults are able to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect.

From April 2017 the existing Safeguarding Adults Boards in these areas have formed the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board to work together to achieve more effective and personalised safeguarding. The new combined board has been running for twelve months and has built on the work of the previous Safeguarding Adults Boards and the valued contributions of partner agencies.

For more information about the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, please visit www.merseysidesafeguardingadultsboard.co.uk.

 

 

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation (closing 29th June)

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via http://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202.

 

 

Embrace Sefton’s monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club – Thursday 31st May 2018

Join Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace at the next monthly social evening in Bootle on Thursday 31st May 2018.

The evening takes place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

Have Your Say: Sefton Council Draft Equality & Diversity Policy (closing 31st May, 2018)

Sefton Council have recently launched a public consultation on the draft Sefton MBC Equality and Diversity Policy which can be  downloaded here.

The consultation opened on 27th February 2018, and closes on 31st May 2018, and the results of this process will be published on 31st August 2018.

Please click here to have your say on this consultation 

Please note: the summary information below is extracted from the consultation page:

Consultation Summary:
The Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to publish information demonstrating their compliance with the equality duty (s.149 of the Act).  The Council is required to publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives.

Background:
We acknowledge our role and responsibilities as an organisation including providing clear leadership. We commit to ensuring that our internal processes and ways of working promote equality and ensure that no one is disadvantaged by how we operate as an organisation. We also acknowledge our role in shaping and influencing the area and the culture of the communities in Sefton, and we are committed to ensuring that principles of equality and diversity are embedded.

Consultation Purpose:
Our policies and procedures are intended to promote fairness for all and reinforce our commitment to tackling inequalities wherever they exist and to prevent the unacceptable treatment of any person. The aims of this consultation are to advise people of the Equality and Diversity Policy and to seek comments on the draft document. 

The draft Equality and Diversity Policy can be downloaded here

Please click here to have your say on this consultation

Sefton’s ‘Stop Loan Leeches’ Information Videos

Short information film warning that illegal lenders (loan sharks – known as ‘loan leeches’ in different cultures) target migrant workers.

Made for Sefton Council and the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Created and produced in close collaboration with the Migrant Workers Sefton Community charity.

Available in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Russian language versions.

English:            https://vimeo.com/161895506

Latvian:             https://vimeo.com/161907310

Russian:           https://vimeo.com/161915005

Polish:              https://vimeo.com/161986280

Romanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492897

Lithuanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492896

 

 

Dementia Friendly Housing Charter

Last month, Alzheimer’s Society produced the Dementia Friendly Housing Charter.

It is a guide for housing associations other organisations involved with residential services who support those living with dementia.

It contains some useful ideas around the  things to take into account around housing and those living with dementia.

See the guide by clicking here.

New Autism support group launches in Southport

Access Sefton has joined forces with Sefton Living Well Centre to launch a new autism support group.

Anyone who has autism, Asperger’s syndrome or cares for someone who has these conditions are invited to the first meeting of the group on Thursday 31 March.

You can also find out more about local support services in your area and meet new people. View more information here.

‘Tackling Inequality in the Criminal Justice System’ – a new report from Clinks

Many equality and minority groups are overrepresented in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and a large proportion of the people in the CJS face some form of discrimination or disadvantage because of being from
an equality and/or minority group.
‘Tackling Inequality in the Criminal Justice System’ summarises presentations given at a Clinks seminar by organisations working to tackle inequality in the CJS and highlights learning points for voluntary and statutory organisations.