Our Housing & Policy team is responsible for our mapping, needs assessment, and coordination projects. We analyse what services are out there in London particularly for those experiencing forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). We find where the gaps are, and offer services to help support other organisations.
Improving access to the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal
Safer London has been working to improve access to the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal for specific groups who experience barriers to access safe housing. You can read our research into this below:
London VAWG & Housing Operational and Strategic Groups
In 2017 and 2018, Safer London and Solace Women’s Aid established and co-chaired the London VAWG & Housing Operational and Strategic Groups to promote access to safe and settled housing for those who need to move as a result of VAWG, through cross-sector and cross-organisational collaboration. Outcomes from these groups included the following three briefings:
Pan-London Housing Reciprocal
We manage the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal, an agreement between local authorities and registered housing providers, which prevents those fleeing violence or abuse from becoming homeless.
The agreement allows those fleeing violence or abuse to move to a safe area of London without losing their social tenancy. Properties in safe areas are offered or requested, and our role is to centrally manage this and make sure that moves happen smoothly.
Find out more about the Pan-London Housing Reciprocal here, including how to make a referral.
Safeguarding in Public Spaces
In 2017 we produced the report Safeguarding in Public Spaces which captured the experiences and views of young people on their own safety in public spaces. The research was conducted in four shopping centres in London, using young people as Peer Advisers to inform the research, as well as staff and senior management within these settings.
You can als take a look at our Safeguarding in Public Spaces video.
The launch event took place at the House of Commons in November 2017. You can see photos from our launch event and a vlog on unsafe safe places featuring interviews with our Chair Bruce, Chief Executive Claire and our Peer Advisors.
Domestic violence needs assessment
In 2016 we released a comprehensive piece of analysis, finding out what pathways there are for survivors of domestic violence in each borough of London. We looked at the barriers to accessing support, with housing being particularly prevalent.
We also produced detailed directories of services in London – from advocacy to advice, health, specialist services for under-represented groups, and housing pathways.
Read our findings, download the directories, and find out more about the project here.