Communities

Government Guidance and Updates on Tackling Substance and Drugs Misuse

In 2021, there were 4,859 deaths reported deaths related to drug poisoning. In this video, the Home Office Joint Combatting Drugs Unit share the latest guidance for tackling drug and substance misuse, highlighting how authorities can learn from high performing areas to reduce drug rates.

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Empowering Victims of Anti-Social Behaviour and its Importance in Successful Case Management

Almost 2 million ASB reports went unattended by 34 police forces in England and Wales over 3 years between 2019 and 2021. In this video, ASB Help share some of the devastating impacts of antisocial behaviour case mismanagement to highlight how services can better support victims.

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Anti-social Behaviour and the Future of Neighbourhood Policing

28% of adults in England and Wales have personally witnessed or experienced ASB in the last year, reports the Office for National Statistics. In this video, Andy Higgins, Research Director for the Police Foundation discusses the 2025 Policing Vision and the role of neighbourhood policing in antisocial behaviour cases.

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Government Update: The Fraud Strategy

Fraud is one of the most common crimes in England and Wales, with cases accounting for more than 40% of all crimes reported. This government update outlines some of the key points in the Fraud Strategy which aims to reduce the number of cases by 10% on 2019 levels before the beginning of 2025.

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Government Update: The Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan

Police forces across England and Wales forces received 1,039,579 crime reports about anti-social behaviour (ASB) in 2022. To support local authorities and police in decreasing incidents of ASB, the government has recently launched the Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan. This article provides a summary of the key points shared in the plan.

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Delivering Wrap-Around Support for Vulnerable Survivors of Modern Slavery

12,727 people were referred to authorities as suspected victims of modern slavery in 2021, according to Home Office data. Dr Julia Tomas is the anti-slavery coordinator at the Passage, in this video she discusses the multi agency case conference approach they have in place to provide wrap around support for survivors of modern slavery.

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Outlining the Long-term Effects of Image-based Abuse and its Impact on Victim’s Lives

Between 2020 and 2022, over 60,000 pieces of sexual content were reported to the Revenge Porn Helpline. In this video Folami Prehaye, Founder of Victims of Image Based Crime shares her own experiences of image based abuse and highlights both long and short term impacts on victims to illustrate how organisations can provide trauma-informed support.

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Reducing Reoffending Rates Through Digital Inclusion

In 2021, adult offenders in the UK had a proven reoffending rate of 24%, according to the Ministry of Justice. In this article, Leeds City Council share the impacts of the 100% Digital Leeds programme on prison leavers and how the programme has helped improve their real-life digital skills.

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Single Homeless Project: Overcoming Barriers to Supporting Survivors Experiencing Domestic Abuse and Homelessness

Domestic abuse both causes and perpetuates homelessness for women. In this video, Lucy Campbell, Head of Multiple Disadvantage at Single Homeless Project, discusses the intersection of domestic abuse with women’s homelessness and other forms of multiple disadvantage experienced by women. She shares research backed strategies for a ‘whole person’ response over siloed commissioning, aiming to counteract women’s experiences of judgement and blame with strength-based approaches.

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Working in Partnership to Support Vulnerable Households in the Cost of Living Crisis

There were 208 fire-related fatalities in dwellings fires between 2021 and 2022. In this video, Steve Fisher and Carol Frances, are Local Risk Crew Managers at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue discuss common fire risks for vulnerable tenants and how referrals to fire services for safety visits can prevent these.

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Merseyside Police and Hate Crime Against Sex Workers: Increasing Victims’ Confidence to Speak Out

Sex workers have long been victims of social polarisation, underpinned by a confusion around the criminal offence of sex work. In a 2016 study involving 240 sex workers in the UK, 49% said they were “unconfident” that the police would take their reports of violence seriously. In this video, DCI Cheryl Rhodes explains how Merseyside Police has expanded the local definition of hate crime to include sex work, and the steps they have taken to coordinate services for victims of sexual violence within the sex work industry.

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