VAWG Strategy in Schools

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the MOPAC Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy you said:

"The nature of pornography has changed and it has become increasingly dominated by themes of aggression, power and control, blurring the lines between consent, pleasure and violence.

Schools have a fundamental role to play in helping children and young people understand the dangers of pornography as well as empowering them to question and challenge the sexualised nature of media and popular culture." (p.7)

You then committed to:

"Work with schools in London to develop and implement a "whole school" approach to VAWG and promote and disseminate learning.

• Work with OFSTED to integrate VAWG into their assessment framework to understand how schools are responding to and preventing VAWG.

• Bring the MPS and the London Safeguarding Children Board together to explore the changing landscape of social media to improve our understanding of the links between technology, social media and VAWG." (p.7)

Please could you update me on each of these bullet points as to:

i)                   How much funding was ring - fenced in the MOPAC budget on implementing these specific approaches in schools since 2013 per financial year?

ii)                 How much of this funding was actually spent on implementing the VAWG approach in schools since 2013 per financial year?

iii)               What progress has been made in these specific areas of the VAWG strategy? Please give your most up to date actions and reports.

iv)              Has any work been done specifically in schools in London to address the proliferate issue of pornography, and encouraging the understanding of healthy relationships in schools?


Answer for VAWG Strategy in Schools

Answer for VAWG Strategy in Schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC VAWG Strategy is a four year strategy (2013-17) with a phased programme of delivery. Specific commitments regarding preventing VAWG through work in schools are currently in development and consultation stages. Resourcing of and commitment to delivery of the VAWG Strategy is a partnership responsibility.

i & ii) MOPAC invests significant funds in VAWG prevention and more broadly. Local commissioning via the London Crime Prevention Fund is prioritised. £3.85million a year is spent on VAWG projects, which includes work with schools.

iii) MOPAC held a prevention workshop in late 2014 with both statutory and voluntary partners to look at how we create an appropriate programme of VAWG prevention. Once developed, the programme will be shared with Ofsted and other partners for consultation and to consider how this is integrated into existing frameworks. Additionally, MOPAC is hosting a schools conference in October for head-teachers and senior leaders, which will focus on crime prevention and ensuring schools are supported to work with local community safety partners and the MPS to deliver this. This runs alongside the collation of existing crime prevention programmes being used as part of the curriculum in schools, which will be published on an online portal for teachers to access and utilise. The prevention of VAWG continues to be a priority in London and our work over the next two years will reflect this. Building on best practice, MOPAC is working in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency who will be commissioning a 3 year gangs prevention programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) for £2.5million a year as part of the ESF in work with young people in Pupil Referral Units, which includes education on healthy relationships and child sexual exploitation.

iv) Pornography will be tackled as part of the wider education prevention programme being developed.