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What’s So Special About The Specialists?

June 20 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


This London-focused event will explore the importance of specialist women’s organisations.

Keynote speaker: Sam Cunningham, Director of Criminal Justice and Commissioning, MOPAC.

We will also have representatives from the women’s sector in London speaking about the importance of specialist services, both frontline and support services discussing topics such as:

  • What does ‘holistic services’ mean in general but specifically for service users and organisations?
  • What difference/impact does specialist services (both frontline and second tier) make for women specifically as well as wider society?
  • What is the role and value of specialist services?
  • What is the impact of specialist support services on frontline services, local authorities, responses to VAWG, and ultimately VAWG survivors and victims and how do you sustain this impact?
  • What are the main issues facing second tier support services (e.g. awareness, capacity, resources, etc.) and how can we improve our ability to deal with these issues both for our own organisations and for the organisations we support?
  • What is the value of support services for frontline organisations and local authorities respectively?
  • How are support services enabling a voice for the sector?
  • How can/are second tier services reflecting and responding to the changing needs/landscape of the VAWG sector?

This event will:

  • Increase participants’ understanding of the range of support services delivered across London
  • Increase participants’ knowledge of and the need for specialist services, including specialist support services
  • Raise awareness about key issues facing the VAWG sector in London
  • Demonstrate the value of collaborative working and the successes it brings
  • Encourage recommendations and ways forward for the Ascent second tier strand
  • Share knowledge and expertise
  • Increase participants’ understanding of the role of infrastructure organisations within civil society
  • Encourage collaboration and partnership
  • Demonstrate the value of collaborative working and the successes it brings
  • Provide a space for networking, knowledge sharing and discussion

This event is funded for London-based organisations working in any capacity with those affected by domestic and/or sexual violence, including local authorities, homelessness services, housing association staff, and funders.

If you do not fulfill the above criteria the following applies:
If your organisation is a Member of WRC you will need to pay £25 for the full day
If your organisation is not a member of WRC you will need to pay £50 for the full day



June 20
9:30 am - 1:30 pm


School of Economic Science
11 Mandeville Place
London, W1U 3AJ
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