Most established perpetrator programmes offer linked women’s services geared to providing information about the programme and the man’s progress, monitoring the man’s behaviour, raising awareness of risks and options (including programme-related risks) and safety planning assistance. US State standards generally require such services to be in place, with guaranteed confidentiality for victims, as a condition of programme delivery, and perpetrator programmes are bound by a legal duty to warn victims of danger that extends to notifying police, Aspects of UK probation work with victims that need to be addressed include prompt, consistent delivery on promises of continued contact, information, consultation and confidentiality.
There is a strong consensus that the overriding aim of contact with abused women should be to improve family safety rather than to service organisational needs or perpetrator rehabilitation. Work with perpetrators should be tailored to the woman’s safety plans and needs. Services to victims should be available from the point of referral. Workers need to use a responsive interview style and structure to minimize negative effects and also need training in recognizing and responding to cues associated with risk of imminent or serious violence, child abuse, or sociality, good supervision and clear guidelines on how to respond.
Safety planning with abused women is a separate process from professional risk assessment, and involves detailed collaborative exploration with the woman of the risks she and her children face, consideration of possible courses of action and identification of the resources required to reduce risks. Well-delivered safety planning should engage women without imposing solutions, raise awareness of dangers, investment property tax deductions provide information, support resistance, reinforce women’s agency and capitalise on concerns for children, so as to reduce opportunities for reabuse, and increase both 12 victim autonomy and community support and guardianship of the woman and her children.
And increase both 12 victim autonomy and community support and guardianship of the woman and her children. Safety-planning is particularly important for abused women whose partners are receiving ‘help’ for their violence as they are more likely to remain with or return to men who they believe are being assisted to change, and thus face greater exposure to further violence. Other services which increase women’s sense of safety or to assist them achieve independence from their abusers include provision of childcare assistance, education and employment programmes, personal alarms, and programmes for abused women convicted of retaliating against their abusers that emphasise issues related to their victimisation.
NFF is clearly offering something that is additional to or different from existing or mainstream funding. It is encouraging integration of labour market focus with existing services as part of an intensive and flexible support package. In looking to the future the report stated the evidence from the shows that NFF is generally an effective Initiative. It is offering something additional to existing provision, the benefits are clear and significant and the case for continuation and development is strong. It goes on to say The main outstanding issues for projects concern the ability of some to provide transitional support to help clients move on from OFF to other activities, and all projects potential to follow up clients and offer after care when they leave.
This is essential given the vulnerability of NFS clients, and the distance that many are from the labour market. During 2001, Best Buyer’s Agent Service projects should focus on developing transitional support to help clients move on, in particular by establishing advisory groups that have cross-sectoral. Advisory groups could be shared among projects on area basis. Projects should be offered more opportunities to share experience and network amongst themselves in particular on an area basis, with any networking having a clear focus and purpose.
The AMG should focus on policy issues and outputs of relevance to future NFF activities and those of related programmes. should identify on an ongoing basis the key developments that could have a bearing on the future of NFF, for example new policies, new programmes and funding related to excluded people and the job market. It concludes this section by noting since the most important features of NFF are its flexibility and scope to engage with a client group who has been. disillusioned by the system, there is a risk in putting NFF within that system which could mean its flexibility is lost and its client group alienated.
At present it seems favourable to retain NFF as a separate, flexible programme, centrally and independently managed. However it is also recommended that the AMG, Scottish enterprise and the Scottish Executive work with the consultants. Through the evaluation in 2001 to identify more precisely the parts of the initiative that offer scope for mainstreaming and the way in which this can be best achieved. I hope this has given a flavour of the evaluation and its content. There are certainly some interesting points which hopefully should stimulate further debate.
One year on from the launch of the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy, the report is expected to attribute the drop in the number of fuel-poor households to lower fuel prices and increased welfare benefits. Unfortunately, this reduction is not the result of a sustainable policy, but rather one that leaves the fuel poor at the mercy of volatile energy markets and Governments need to balance its budgets, explained William Gillis, NEA Chief Executive. Only substantially greater investment in energy efficiency offers a permanent solution to the problem of fuel poverty.
In the Energy White Paper, released last week, the Government identified the eradication of fuel poverty as one of the pillars of its energy policy. Yet for several months. The British public will not support protecting the environment at the expense of millions of poor households living in cold, damp homes. NEA, the national energy efficiency charity with its headquarters in the North East, will provide free energy efficiency advice at Bowburn Community Centre, Durham.
The first advice session on 18 February is being held as part of a community consultation day organised by Durham City Council. Joanne Carr, Well Trained Home Buyer’s Agent Director of Business Development at NEA, said We are very thankful to NEDL and Durham City Council for making this opportunity available. Acting on energy efficiency advice is the quickest way for people to save money on their bills. NEA will also be working with the community centre’s users on an energy audit and some Energy Awareness training will be available this should benefit the wider community.
A group representing electricity and gas suppliers and energy efficiency professionals in the UK has declared an NRA training course and exam part of an essential qualification for those who provide energy advice to the public. This is a wonderful endorsement of NEA’s standards of training and the professionalism of our tutors. To mark the first time that such an appointment has been made in a primary care trust in Britain, a launch will be held on Friday, 24 January, at St Mary’s Education Centre, Milton Road, Portsmouth, beginning at 11 am.
Speakers will include Dr Smith and Baroness Diana Maddock, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for housing in the House of Lords. Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust (PCT) successfully applied to NEA for a £15,000 contribution towards the cost of replacing Dr Smith with a locum for a six-month period, while Dr Smith takes on the role of Portsmouth’s Energy Champion.