£13m Trusted Relationships Fund Launched by Government
The Home Office has announced a new £13 million fund to help youth workers, police, nurses and other professionals form protective relationships with children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation, county lines gang crime or relationship abuse.
The launch of this fund follows a review carried out by the Early Intervention Foundation, commissioned by the Home Office last year, which found that a trusted relationship with an adult, as well as a programme of social support, can help children avoid risky situations, help them overcome adverse circumstances in their lives, and can make young people significantly more likely to disclose when abuse is happening to them.
The Trusted Relationships Fund will invite local authorities to apply for funding to run projects aimed at fostering relationships between frontline staff and at-risk children. The fund will also strengthen the evidence base on what works to protect young people from exploitation and abuse to improve services over the course of the programme and beyond.
Local authorities will be asked to design projects that fit their needs but proposals must be able to demonstrate how they will:
- Improve wellbeing, self esteem, self efficacy, resilience and critical thinking skills in vulnerable young people
- Facilitate higher quantity and quality of trusted relationships between young people and adults who are there to support them, as reported by both young people and professionals
- Reduce incidents of children and young people going missing, being exploited and abused, and entering the criminal justice system.
The projects will be targeted towards young people aged 10 to 17 who have been identified by local partners as vulnerable to being sexually exploited, victims of county lines or peer or relationship abuse.
Donna Molloy, Director of Dissemination at the Early Intervention Foundation, said:
“We do need a better understanding of the potential of trusted relationships between practitioners and young people to protect vulnerable young people from sexual abuse and exploitation. The new funding provides a great opportunity to build the evidence about which specific aspects of workforce practice are more or less effective in building trusting relationships with vulnerable children. We still know far too little about what makes a good practitioner able to deliver effective early intervention and how to support the different groups of practitioners that collectively make up the early intervention workforce.”
Local authorities in England are eligible to be lead bidders and are encouraged to work with local partners in developing and delivering projects, which could include other statutory organisations, the voluntary and community sector and the private sector.
Local authorities will shortly be able to submit expressions of interest.
2018 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Launched for Entrepreneurs with Ideas to Tackle Climate Change
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest that rewards inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.
The competition aims to elicit promising, creative ideas that will encourage and aid the invention of great new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions and can be put on the market within two years. Since its inception, the programme has helped to reduce more than 10 million kilograms, (10,000 tonnes) of carbon emissions in the UK.
The competition has expanded this year to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money available for the five best start-ups. The winner will receive €500,000 to further develop the product or service, and to bring it to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists receive €100,000 each.
The prizes, together with the assistance from leading professionals, will enable the winners to develop their inventions and present them to the world within the next two years.
Would-be entrepreneurs aged 18 years or older with a well-thought-out idea are invited to participate in the Green Challenge, which is open worldwide.
Marieke van Schaik, Managing Director of the National Postcode Lottery, jury member and co-founder of the competition, said:
“We are being confronted with the consequences of climate change around the world. At the Postcode Lottery, we are working towards a green and just world. We do so by giving start-ups with amazing green innovations a boost.
“The drive and the creativity of these entrepreneurs is admirable, and very much needed to make our lifestyle more sustainable. With the prize money and our global platform, we want to help them move forward. I look forward to this year’s entries.”
The deadline for the 2018 competition is 1 June 2018.
Bitesize GDPR briefings from the Fundraising Regulator
The Fundraising Regulator together with the Institute of Fundraising has published six briefings on GDPR. These “bitesize” guides are designed to be as accessible and as relevant as possible for fundraisers, providing separate briefings to suit different forms of fundraising. You can access all of the guides by clicking on the links below:
- GDPR and Charitable Fundraising: An Introduction
- Spotlight on Fundraising
- Spotlight on Community Fundraising
- Spotlight on Corporate Fundraising
- Spotlight on Legacies