Capital Losses: The state of the specialist BME ending violence against women and girls sector in London
needed, for ‘led by and for’ organisations including refuge providers and outreach/advocacy services, similar to the model which has been used to support the London Rape Crisis services
accountability through partnership with London Councils and the Specialist ending VAWG partners through the MOPAC Violence Against Women and Girls Board
This report examines the condition and effectiveness of the specialist BME ending violence against women and girls sector in London.
“Prioritise BME service providers in all contracts, especially if they are locally based as if the local council does not fund it, and funding comes up in the neighbouring council, we cannot apply for that funding. Direct local authority should take responsibility to have a local BME specialist services represented in contracts.”
Imkaan welcomes that candidates have committed to ensuring that BME women and girls are able to access appropriate support. It is important that this support covers all areas of VAWG and that it includes the protection of specialist BME ending VAWG organisations. Imkaan makes the following recommendations to the new Mayor:
1. Clear strategic commitment to addressing all forms of violence against BME women and girls; and recognition of BME ending VAWG organisations
as a unique specialist model of provision, providing local and regional benefits across all aspects of health and social care, as well as contributing to the development of better-informed policies, legislation, practice innovation and significantly enhancing UK society.
2. A London BME ending VAWG fund
for ‘led by and for’ organisations including refuge providers and outreach/advocacy services, similar to the model which has been used to support the London Rape Crisis services.
3. A commitment to working with all relevant commissioning bodies in London to ensure a mixed package of funding for specialist BME ending VAWG organisations
which includes grant-based funding by Local Authorities and Health commissioners to BME VAWG organisations. This should be attached to robust local accountability structures including lead VAWG commissioners in local areas, trained on all equalities strands.
4. Support accountability through partnership with London Councils and the Specialist ending VAWG partners through the MOPAC Violence Against Women and Girls Board.
This should be a cross-sector structure, which includes independent BME led specialist ending VAWG expertise. The Board should monitor local commissioning processes, review the performance of organisations such as Transport for London, highlight good practice in local areas and take complaints.
5. Funding for sector support work
which supports services around sustainability including the development and implementation of specialist BME quality assurance frameworks, measuring impact, supporting consistency and strengthening skills and expertise.
6. Strengthen London’s strategic response to issues such as sexual harassment
taking into account the specific concerns of BME women and girls.
Adapted from a previous Imkaan report, this research was funded by Trust for London.
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