Women and children fleeing from violence and abuse are at a high risk of experiencing exploitation, rough sleeping, and homelessness.  With national statistics showing domestic abuse cases rising since the pandemic, it is now more important than ever that local services are equipped to provide safe refuges and support for women and children in need. Through sharing best practice, those working in the public and voluntary sector can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to improve safe refuges, develop wraparound support plans, and empowering victims of abuse.

  •  Women make up 60% of homeless adults in temporary accommodation, shows a 2023 report from St Mungo’s
  •   The number of people forced into homelessness by an abusive or violent partner has surged by almost a fifth since the pandemic, according to a report from the Centre of Social Justice
  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline was contacted 171,490 times in the year ending March 2023, shows a report from the Office of National Statistics

Join us at The Refuges Conference 2024: Providing Safe Accommodation for Women Escaping Domestic Abuse, to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and practitioners working at the forefront of creating and maintaining safe refuges for vulnerable women and children. Engage with a series of best practice case studies strategies for developing multi-agency approaches to developing safe refuges, taking additional steps to support women from minority communities, and incorporating lived experience into service improvements. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sector to discuss challenges you face in working in partnership to create safe spaces for women and children fleeing abuse.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest policy updates and guidance on creating and maintaining safe refuges

✓ Gain practical insights into creating effective accommodation pathways, providing wraparound support, and coproducing action plans

✓ Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for working in partnership to provide safe and accessible accommodation for women and children seeking refuge

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks:

    Marianne Hester, Professor, University of Bristol (invited)

  • Keynote: National Update: Creating and Maintaining Safe Places for People in Need

    • The latest policy and guidance on providing safe accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse
    • Strategies for sharing evidence, data and best practice on improving refuges between local authorities
    • Advice for providing appropriate and tailored local support for all victims and their children
    • Insights into the funding available for supporting accommodation and developing specialist domestic abuse refuges

    Nicki Clarke, Whole Housing Programme Manager, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Home for Good: Taking a Multi-Agency Approach to Supporting Domestic Abuse Survivors

    • Insights from the Housing First Pilot: housing and wrap around support for survivors of domestic abuse and their children
    • Working in partnership with local authorities, housing associations, and charities to enable more survivors of domestic abuse to come forward
    • Identifying and tackling barriers to seeking help and accessing housing support: key tips
    • Sharing a practical framework for measuring outcomes such as tenancy sustainment, wellbeing, and health improvement

    Senior Officer, Shelter (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Lived Experience: Putting Coproduction at the Heart of Service Transformation

    • First-hand accounts of the barriers faced by abuse victims when seeking safe refuge
    • Guidance on working with service users and incorporating their feedback into policies and improvements
    • Strategies for conducting risk assessments and coproducing action plans with abuse survivors
    • Practical advice for engaging in open and compassionate conversations with survivors

    Senior Officer, Refuge (invited)

  • Case Study: Creating Robust Accommodation Pathways for Women Seeking Refuge

    • Working with survivors, neighbourhood teams, and housing solution services to create bespoke housing support plans
    • Strategies for assessing both short term and long-term accommodation options and tailoring pathways to suit individual needs
    • Working across services to create effective referral pathways and ensure no individuals slip through the cracks
    • Practical guidance on enabling victims of domestic abuse to remain in their own homes when appropriate

    Daniel Ferlance, Head of Housing Solutions, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (invited)

  • Case Study: Developing a Holistic and Victim Centered Local Strategy for Providing Safe Accommodation

    • Strategies for ensuring those who are fleeing domestic abuse can access good quality safe accommodation that is appropriate to their individual needs
    • Providing specialist domestic abuse support for victims housed in temporary accommodation to reduce their risk
    • Developing trauma informed approaches to support recovery and break the cycle of abuse
    • Guidance on offering specialist accommodation for individuals with complex needs to ensure they receive proper support

    Simon Kitchen, Head of Communities, Devon County Council (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Panel Discussion: Creating Wrap Around Support Plans to Empower Survivors

    • Panellists will discuss their organisations’ approaches to supporting the psychical, mental, and emotional needs of women and children seeking refuge
    • Sharing insights to combatting isolating, promoting independence, and offering restorative justice options when appropriate

    Claire Tyrrell, Head of Neighbourhood Services, Manchester City Council (invited)

    LJ Winterburn. Chief Executive, Valley House (invited)

    Tania Woodgate, Chief Executive Officer, Changing Pathways (CONFIRMED)

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Create Safe Spaces for Women and Children

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in working across teams and sectors to create and maintain safe refuges for women in your local area. We encourage you to share how you are currently working in partnership to ensure your services are inclusive and accessible. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Providing Specialist Support for BAME Women Seeking Refuge

    • Developing a holistic, trauma informed model to address the diverse needs of service users
    • Insights from the empowerment-based framework supporting women and children to build their self-esteem, confidence, and independence
    • Guidance on providing additional support to women with uncertain immigration status and no recourse to public funds
    • Practical advice for providing intersectional training for staff members to ensure they are equipped to handle the needs of service users
    • Training staff to use inclusive language when engaging with service users from minority backgrounds

    Senior Officer, London’s Black Women’s Project (invited)

  • Case Study: Empowering Survivors of Abuse to Live Independently

    • Providing safe houses and move on accommodation for women and their children fleeing from domestic abuse to ensure long term support
    • Developing employment training and assistance to assist women with finding full time employment
    • Developing one-to-one support and group wellbeing services to build confidence and self esteem
    • Practical advice on assessing when it is time to move out of supported accommodation and guidance on providing ongoing support when necessary

    Liz Segun-Kingsley, Founder, Safe Arms (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks (10 minutes)

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work with women who are escaping domestic abuse

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers
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 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

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