County Lines – by Henry Blake
A number of you were at the Havering Violence Reduction Summit on the 27th November 2019, one of the items on the Agenda was the 20 minutes county lines film called “County Lines – by Henry Blake”, many attendees found this very emotive and wanted to either see it again, have other work colleagues see it, have a discussion around it, etc.
As a result of this, our colleagues in Barking & Dagenham have re-commissioned Henry Blake to deliver a number of County Lines Screenings and discussion sessions with frontline staff across the whole of the East Area (Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge).
The sessions will run on a range of dates between February - March 2020 at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS. Each session will run for 90 minutes comprising of a 20-minute short film followed by a presentation and discussion led by writer/director Henry Blake. This session will look at analysing the film’s characters and themes and discusses the frontline experience of working with young people involved in county lines, providing support and professional guidance to those affected by the issue.
If you are interested in attending a session please see dates, times and booking options on Eventbrite which can be accessed here. Please feel free to pass onto colleagues who will benefit from these sessions.
Also, for those interested, the award-winning feature-length film should be available in cinemas from mid-April 2020, with a possible special screening taking place in Romford prior to the main release. (More details to follow at a later date)
Last of all, just a reminder that a final tri-borough Violent Crime Workshop event is taking place on the 12th February. If you haven’t booked on then please click here. This is your opportunity to help highlight gaps, tell us what works well, opportunities for change, etc. Spaces are again on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t leave it too late as last time allocated tickets ran out.
Some of the topics to be discussed are:
Understanding journeys and transport hubs to and from school
Problem locations and hotspots
Diversionary Programmes/ Local Offer
Challenging Sexism in the Classroom
UK Feminista supports teachers and schools to take effective action against sexism. We have delivered teacher training in conjunction with a number of ITT providers, including the University of Durham, UCL: the Institute of Education, and Teach First.
We have developed this free online resource hub for teachers and schools on how to tackle sexism and sexual harassment. The hub provides comprehensive guidance and support to enable schools to take effective action against sexism and sexual harassment. The resources include:
Guidance on how to take a whole-school approach
A whole-school approach audit tool
A policy integration guide
Tips for teachers
Additionally, we are currently developing an online teacher training tool on tackling sexism in schools. The training is designed to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to challenge sexism in the classroom and adopt a whole-school approach.
In the new year, we will be piloting the e-learning course with a number of schools and ITT providers, including the University of Durham, the University of Southampton, the University of Sheffield and St Mary's University.
Why do teachers need support and training on how to tackle sexism??
Research by UK?Feminista?and the National Education Union, published in?“It’s just everywhere”: A study on sexism in schools and how we tackle it,?reveals:?
Sexism and sexual harassment are commonplace in schools:
Over a third (37%) of girls in mixed-sex secondary schools have been sexually harassed.
A quarter (25%) of secondary school teachers say they witness gender stereotyping and discrimination in their school on a daily basis.?
Teachers report feeling ill-equipped to tackle sexism in the classroom:
Just one in five (20%) secondary school teachers has received training in recognising and tackling sexism as part of their Initial Teacher Education.
62% of primary and secondary school teachers want to receive training on tackling sexism
Over half (64%) of secondary school teachers are unsure or not aware of the existence of any policies and practices in their school-related to preventing sexism.?
EAST BCU Serious Violence Summit round-up event (12 February 2020)
We are writing to invite you to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Councils East BCU Serious Violence Summit round-up event on 12 February 2020 at LondonEast Business and Technical Park, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, RM10 7FN.
The aim of the event is to collectively discuss what has been learnt from previous events, trends and challenges along with visions for stronger networking and partnership working across the East area to ensure we make long-term positive impacts for serious violence across East London.
This will be the fourth event the East BCU has seen with Barking & Dagenham's Summit in January 2019, Redbridge's in April 2019 and Havering's in November 2019. The event will be attended by number of key leads across a range of services including MP's, councillors and senior professionals.
Numbers are limited so please reserve your space by clicking here and complete the registration process.
Should you have any difficulty with the link, please contact Barking and Dagenham CSP at CSP@lbbd.gov.uk and we will assist.