Violence against women and girls update

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By Veronica Campanile, Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator

Dear VAWG wider network

Here is the September information list –  I hope this is useful for you all and please do share on as you feel appropriate.

East Lothian and Midlothian

ANAM CARA –  Online support for women in Midlothian and East Lothian.

We are going to be running a 6  week Virtual Taster Workshop Courage Over Fear”  on 9th November .

We will be posting  videos on Self Awareness, Self-Compassion and Resilience on our Facebook page and hopefully onto our website. This workshop will give women a taste ofthe topics we cover on our Virtual 10 Week Workshop and our to Face 2 Face Workshops.  If you have anyone that would benefit from accessing this Workshop please complete the self-referral form on our website or contact Fiona – Once we receive a referral my colleague Julie will contact the woman direct to give them more information on the work we do and how to access our Virtual Workshops.  Any new referrals received after the 5h November will be placed onto our waiting list.  When they have completed the 6 week workshop women will be offered the opportunity to access all our other social media services along with our Befriending Service. They will also be given the opportunity to  access our next Virtual Workshops and attend our Face2 Face Workshops (when things get back to some normality)

Violence Against Women and Girls Partnership

Our VAWG Partnership is working with the Covid 19 Supplementary VAW Guidance (below) to inform the Public Protection risk analysis and medium & long-term action required improve gender equality and tackle VAWG across both local authority areas. If you would like to comment get in touch. Meanwhile please use the guidance to inform any recovery planning you are involved in. 


COVID 19: Supplementary National VAW guidance updated 18 September 2020

Download Guidance

Executive summary

Key updates include:

  • Additional information on heightened risks to women, children and young people experiencing VAWG during lockdown and other social restrictions to inform strategic planning and response through the next months;
  • How collaboratively working with specialist VAWG services now schools have re-opened can support the trauma and wellbeing needs of children and young people to be met;
  • How undertaking a strategic needs assessment will support linked learning being embedded in wider recovery and renewal planning; 
  • Highlighting how women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and how the use of equality and human rights impact assessments tackle gender inequality, including prioritising a shift towards preventing VAWG in policy and practice as local authorities look to ‘build back better’.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls during Phases 1, 2 and 3 of Scotland’s route map (May 22 to August 11, 2020) published 18 September 2020. The report presents qualitative evidence on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on people experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women/girls. It is intended that the suggested actions in the guidance can be used to respond to the trends outlined in this research paper.

COVID-19: Supplementary National Child Protection Guidance updated  31/08/2020-

Download: . It includes the following changes:

  • Updated to acknowledge the relaxation of restrictions, and the need for planning for local lockdowns.
  • Updated arrangements regarding the organisation of Children’s Hearings.
  • Paragraph removed, as the guidance on shielding has been paused.
  • Minor changes may be made to the guidance and not always shared via email. To ensure that you are using the most up to date version, please access via the website.

More information from Fiona Marshall, Child Protection Unit, Care, Protection and Justice Division, Directorate for Children and Families, Scottish Government. Email:

Scottish Government – Equally Safe: A consultation on challenging men’s demand for prostitution, working to reduce the harms associated with prostitution and helping women to exit

Opened 11 September – closes 10 December. Any individual or agency can respond. 

Children in Scotland is hosting a meeting of the Voices Forum

Children in Scotland, in partnership with the Supporting the Third Sector Project, Wednesday 28 October from 10am–12pm. This meeting of will cover the Scottish Government’s UNCRC Incorporation (Scotland) Bill. The meeting invites local organisations and local strategic partners to develop their understanding of the proposed Bill and to offer opportunities to discuss the impact of incorporation. Hear from experts in Children’s Rights and organisations who have already taken a rights-based approach to Children’s Services Planning.


Contact Vicky Wan, Project Manager

Scottish Government Domestic Abuse Bill, Scottish Housing News

The police and courts could gain the power to remove suspected domestic abusers from victims’ homes under proposed new legislation.  Justice secretary Humza Yousaf announced that the Scottish Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill will be considered “within weeks” and if passed would let police ban suspected abusers from entering the property. Officers would then be able to apply to the courts for protective orders preventing the return of the alleged abuser for up to two months.

NHS Feeling Good App

In times of uncertainty, more restrictions and bad news, it can sometimes be hard to find something to smile about.  The unpredictability and not knowing can be draining because as humans we generally like certainty.  The more uncertain you feel the more important it is to dial up on what makes you smile, gives you light and laughter.  The NHS Feeling Good app is proven to help people with feeling more positive and confident during difficult times no matter what their situation. 

Scottish Women’s Aid Report – Crisis and Resilience: the impact of a global pandemic on domestic abuse survivors and service providers in Scotland

Scottish Women’s Aid have published a report on the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse, women, children and young people, and services. It highlights some key additional challenges, stemming from COVID-19, relating to refuge provision and the criminal justice system, as well as addressing specific child rights issues facing children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. The report is available here.

Cedar blog series on Children and young people: domestic abuse recovery and COVID-19 – Blog 3 published

The National Cedar Project are running a six-month blog series from July-December 2020. This blog series aims to raise awareness about domestic abuse recovery work, highlight good practice in supporting children and young people affected by domestic abuse, and illustrate the importance of recovery work as we transition to the “new normal”. The third blog has now been published on Domestic abuse, trauma and education. Please share with your networks. Contact:

Public Health Scotland report: Taking a human rights approach to recovery from COVID-19

On behalf of a multi-agency, cross-sector group, Public Health Scotland has just published a report outlining how adopting a human rights based approach to planning the response to, and recovery from, COVID-19 can help support the most marginalised and excluded in our communities and help prevent further increases in inequality in Scotland. Read the report here and the launch statement here.

Safe Lives Survivor Consultation results and latest Safe at Home in Scotland briefing

Safe Lives ran a brief online consultation between August-September for people experiencing domestic abuse during Covid-19. A report summarising the responses of this consultation can be accessed here. Safe Lives have noted that although it can be difficult to reach those currently experiencing abuse safely, the responses provide a valuable insight into what it is like to experience abuse during a pandemic.   You can also read the latest briefing from the September Safe at Home in Scotland session, which focused on the housing needs of those experiencing domestic abuse during Covid-19 and beyond.

Young Scot – That’s Not OK resource for young people

Young Scot and Scottish Government have launched a new resource developed in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid. This resource – called #ThatsNotOK – provides young people with information about different forms of gender-based violence, healthy relationships and consent, and signposts where they get additional support. Link to That’s Not OK resource.

UK and International

Visible people – tackling gender mainstreaming in the Nordic states, LGIU

Patrick Jowett explores how Sweden, Finland and Denmark have successfully worked to take a gender mainstreaming approach to policymaking and the transformative nature of these strategies at a national and local level.

If It’s Not A Hell Yes, Then It’s A Conversation

This short animated film is about consent for and by LGBTIQ+ young people. The film was created in partnership with Project Indigo and Lily Ash Sakula … If It’s Not A Hell Yes – YouTube

British Red Cross:

In the Coronavirus pandemic the British Red Cross support line 0808 196 3651 will be offering emotional and practical support to those people impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic that need it most.  The support line aims to provide support for the most vulnerable individuals who are at risk of further health and well-being issues as a result of isolation, including practical support to access food or medication where appropriate. The main target groups are:

  • People high on our Vulnerability Index plus:
  • BAME people disproportionately impacted by Covid19
  • anyone at risk of further health & well-being issues as a result of isolation
  • people with no recourse to public funds
  • people with insecure immigration status
  • people who may not be receiving help from anywhere else
  • people who would benefit from signposting to other internal & external resources including the Hardship Fund and other partner organisations.

Global: UNDP data shows failure to protect women from impacts of Covid-19

Recent data from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker illustrates that the majority of countries are not providing sufficient protection for women from the economic and social fallout of the pandemic. Just 25 countries have introduced special measures to tackle domestic violence, support those who have had to undertake additional unpaid care work, or strengthen women’s economic security. Such measures may include cash transfers to women, childcare support, or helplines and shelters to counter the surge in violence against women and girls. The head of the UN gender empowerment agency has said that countries are “failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection”.  Modern Diplomacy

Learning opportunities

National MARAC Development Training Online

Whilst in-person training is still on hold, we’re pleased to announce a series of online workshops this autumn. The cost of the training workshop is £45 per person. This includes two 2,5-hour online training sessions delivered by experts, all training materials, and an opportunity to network with professionals from within the sector. The sessions will be through Microsoft Teams.  For more information and to apply here – or use the links below.

Contact: Jenny Smith, Marac Development Officer – Scotland, SafeLives, 07729 637 645,  

Safe and Together free learning

  • Listen to our FREE Partnered with a Survivor Podcast  When Culture, Religion & Domestic Violence MeetSystems often fail domestic survivors who are from religious communities. In the United Kingdom and other places, Muslim survivors can face racism from outside their community and intense pressure to conform to community norms around male entitlement and family honour. 
  • What Faith Leaders Need to Know About Domestic Violence available as a FREE course on our Virtual Academy.  Presented in partnership with the Hartford Seminary, David Mandel and Ruth Stearns Mandel of the Safe and Together Institute speak on how faith leaders can best be allies to those living with domestic violence, coercive control, and child abuse.
  •  Honour – STV Player (2 episodes)Honour tells the heartbreaking true story of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode’s passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered for falling in love with the wrong man.


Veronica Campanile
Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator
East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office
Room F28 Brunton Hall
16 Ladywell Way
Musselburgh EH21 6AF
Direct tel: 01620 827475 
Mobile: 07540 101 227
EMPPO Tel: 0131 653 5150

COVID-19 Family Support in Haddington and Lammermuir

Haddington Community Council have been successful in securing further funding to support local families who are experiencing difficulties during the pandemic. Funding has enabled the Community Council to set up the HCC food voucher and clothing grant scheme for local families. For a referral form and further information please contact Pat Lemon at or 07483 911391.

Out on the road with the Flu Jab team!

This year our amazing CTACS & District Nursing teams will be working together to ensure housebound patients receive a flu injection as soon as possible. Visits are already underway and practices will let patients know when they can expect a visit.


All health and social care staff in East Lothian (ELHSCP and independent sector) are entitled to, and should take up, their free flu jab. Clinics are now open so make sure you book yours as soon as you can and stay safe and well this winter.

More info (including health and social care flub jab clinics) at

Hello, how are you today?

From Jill Mackay, Senior Communications Adviser, East Lothian Council

This week is Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day is tomorrow.  2 people die every day by suicide in Scotland.  That’s a shocking statistic but one we can change.  We can all play a role in preventing suicide.  You don’t need to be an expert to help.  If you’re worried that someone may be at risk of suicide, ask them directly about it – the guide attached explains how.  More information on how to help is also here.   You could save someone’s life – the short video below explains more. 

Keep up-to-date with the progress of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

From the Scottish Government

Dear colleagues,

As you will be aware, the Deputy First Minister confirmed on 20 November 2019 that a Bill would be introduced in this Parliamentary session to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

The Scottish Government is committed to a revolution in children’s rights, and this Bill represents a significant step on the road to fully realising the rights of all children and young people in Scotland. By incorporating the UNCRC the Scottish Government will deliver a fundamental shift in the way children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland, ensuring that children’s rights are built into the fabric of decision-making in Scotland and that these rights can be enforced in the courts.

Please find attached a letter from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, providing a more detailed update on the Bill. Further information about all of the measures provided for in the Bill can also be found on our UNCRC webpage here.

If you would like more information about what the Bill does or you would like to speak to the Bill Team you can get in touch by emailing

Many thanks,

UNCRC Incorporation Bill Team

Download letter from John Swinney

Flu jabs for ELHSCP staff

It’s more important than ever now to get your flu jab so you are all set for the winter flu season. For the whole of October, we will be holding staff flu-jab clinics at venues across East Lothian. Because of COVID-19, these cannot be drop-in clinics, so please book an appointment at a clinic near you as soon as you can (from the 7th September).

To book an appointment

Please phone:

  • 01620 642965 or 642965 on Mon, Tues & Thurs between 10am and 12 noon, or
  • 01620 642824 on Mon-Fri between 2pm and 4pm
  • 01875 824073 (for Randall House appointments)

Find a clinic near you

To download the full list of clinics and venues, click here.