Public Law for Everyone: Human Rights Post-Brexit, the Need for Legislation?

‘There are no quick fix solutions. The enactment of new legislation to protect human rights post Brexit is probably best left for after Brexit, allowing for broader consultation and reflection’.

This is according to Professor Mark Elliott who published a February 2019 article exploring how human rights should be protected in the future post Brexit. 

Read the full article. 

Age UK survey: The Big Social Care

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Age UK have published a survey to hear the experiences of people and their families who have needed adult care and support. 

The Government have promised to change the adult social care system in England to make it fit for the future. And Age UK have produced a February 2018 survey to hear about your experiences. 

The Care and Support Alliance will use these results as part of Age UK’s campaigning work.

Responses will not be used in a way to that identifies any individual or family publicly.

Find out more and complete the complete the survey. 

Women and Equalities Committee inquiry: Sexual harassment in the workplace

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‘More than 40% of women and more than 18% of men have experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace’, says the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC). 

WEC have launched a full  February 2018 inquiry on sexual harassment in the workplace and they are inviting submissions of written evidence.

This inquiry will sit alongside their related inquiry on the Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places.

WEC are inviting written evidence specifically on:

How widespread sexual harassment in the workplace is, and whether this has increased or decreased over time
Who experiences sexual harassment in the workplace, who perpetrates it and what the impact is on different groups
Actions that the Government and employers should be taking to change workplace culture to prevent sexual harassment, give people more confidence to report sexual harassment, and make this issue a higher priority for employers
How workers can be better protected from sexual harassment by clients, customers and other third parties
The effectiveness and accessibility of tribunals and other legal means of redress and what can be done to improve those processes
the advantages and disadvantages of using non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, including how inappropriate use of such agreements might be tackled.
Find out more on the WEC website.

House of Commons Library briefing paper: Rough sleeping (England)

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‘Relationship breakdown is the largest single trigger of rough sleeping, leading to 42% of male rough sleeping’.

This is according to the February 2018 briefing paper (pdf) from the House of Commons Library. This paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping in England, and outlines Government policy on this issue.

The paper finds:

The most recent statistics published on 25 January 2018 recorded a 169% increase in the number of people sleeping rough in England since 2010
Among women, 35% slept rough after leaving home to escape domestic violence
Rough sleeping is at its most severe in London.
Read the full report (pdf).

Women and Equalities Committee inquiry: Women in Executive Management

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‘There is significant under-representation of women in executive levels’, says the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC).  

As a result, WEC  have launched a follow-up 2017 inquiry into women in executive management.

The committee will build on its recent work on this issue with a one-off evidence session looking at:

How the situation for women in senior roles has changed since the Committee last took evidence
The barriers to women achieving senior positions
The measures being taken by organisations to improve the situation
Effectiveness of Government action to date and what further Government action is needed.
Find out more on the WEC website.

Fawcett Society vacancy: Chair

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The Fawcett Society is recruiting a Chair . This position will be for an initial three-year term and requires a commitment of 15-20 days per year. Applications close on 15 March 2018.

The post-holder will facilitate Board leadership and engagement as well as deliver effective staff and performance management. They will also be a spokesperson and represent Fawcett at public and media events and through campaigns.

Find out more on the Fawcett Society’s website.

London School of Economics: Building up the Data Infrastructure on Missing and Invisible Children – 2 March 2018

Date:  2 March 2018
Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm
Location: Room 1.04 (32L), The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE
Cost: Free

The London School of Economics (LSE) is holding a report launch event  on child poverty and data exclusion.

They will present findings from the Nuffield Foundation project, ‘Child Poverty and Multidimensional Disadvantage: Tackling “Data Exclusion” and Extending the Evidence Base on “Missing” and “Invisible” Children’.

This aim of the report launch is to illustrate the progress that can be made by exploiting new opportunities for data analysis.

The project has built up new evidence covering the following four groups of children affected by ‘data exclusion’:

Young carers
Children from the Gypsy, Traveller or Roma ethnic minority group
Children with a migrant family background
Children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Find out more about the event and register.

Stonewall: Workplace Conference London 2018 – 27 April 2018

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Date:  27 April 2018
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Location: QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE
Cost: £299 (Stonewall Diversity Champions) / £399 (Non-members) excl. VAT

Stonewall invite you to their 2018 Workplace Conference in London. This conference will provide delegates the opportunity to learn best practice and network with the aim of inspiring and making change.

The conference will include workshops led by inclusion specialists on the following topics:

Trans Inclusion
Empowering role models and allies
Senior leadership
Supporting your staff
Laying the foundations
Looking beyond your organisation
Working globally
Find out more and book your place.

Human Rights Watch report: World Report 2018

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Despite allegations of serious abuse in immigration detention centers, the UK
persisted in not imposing a maximum time limit for immigration detention, and
continued to detain asylum-seeking and migrant children.

This is from the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). World Report 2018 is their 28th annual review of human rights
practices around the globe.

The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017. 

The report finds: 

Germany over the past year made headlines when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to enter its parliament in decades
Despite a strong tradition of protecting civil and political rights, Australia has serious unresolved human rights problems. Australia continued in 2017 to hold asylum seekers who arrived by boat on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on the island nation of Nauru, where conditions are abysmal
Bahrain’s human rights situation continued to worsen in 2017. Authorities shut down the country’s only independent newspaper and the leading secular-left opposition political society. 
In Bangladesh, civil society groups faced pressure from both state and non-state actors, including death threats and attacks from extremist groups.

Read the full report (pdf).