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Policy consultation responses

In this section you will find our responses to policy consultations from the UK and Scottish Governments, as well as other third sector organisations.

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Consultation on Regulation of Child Contact Centres

We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation and we have done so by drawing on our practical experience and expertise in providing legal advice and representation to women affected by gender-based violence, particularly domestic abuse, and from our experiences working with victims/survivors/women in child contact matters.

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Filename: SWRC-Child-Contact-Centre-Consultation-response-final.pdf | File size: 818KB
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Consultation on Registers of Child Welfare Reporters, Curators ad litem and Solicitors

Child Welfare Reporters play an incredibly important part in the child contact process, with, at the moment, very little clarity over their recruitment, training or quality assurance. We strongly believe that a new set of arrangements should be put in place to manage the recruitment, appointment, training, administration and regulation of Child Welfare Reporters, as is currently being consulted on.

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Filename: SWRC-CWR-curator-ad-litem-and-solicitors-consultation-response-final.pdf | File size: 845KB
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Consultation on changes to the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament

In this response we state our broad support for the changes to the the Scottish Parliament Code of Conduct proposed by the Joint Working Group on Sexual Harassment and Sexist Behaviour.

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Filename: MSPs-Code-of-Conduct-Consultation--SWRC-Response-Jan-2021.pdf | File size: 540KB
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Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill - call for evidence

In our response, we welcome the proposal to increase protections for victims/survivors of domestic abuse, an issue that has always been prevalent for women, but which has sharply increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We make recommendations to ensure the proposed protections are consistent with existing legal measures and that they work as intended.

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Filename: Domestic-Abuse-Protection-Scotland-Bill-SWRC-response.pdf | File size: 567KB
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Supporting Individuals who have No Recourse to Public Funds - written evidence

We firmly believe that NRPF is a harmful policy that is putting the lives of migrants across Scotland at risk. Jointly with JustRight Scotland we have submitted written evidence on this matter to the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Communities Committee.

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Filename: JRS-SWRC-NRPF-Covid-Evidence-FINAL.pdf | File size: 224KB | Tags: nrpf migrants
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Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020 consultation - joint response

JustRight Scotland and the SWRC solicitors provide direct legal advice and representation in making applications under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (the “Scheme”) for victims/survivors of gender-based violence, including sexual offences, and for survivors of trafficking, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Our written evidence below is drawn from our direct frontline experience working with these particular client groups, primarily women and child applicants, to frame successful applications under the Scheme.

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Filename: CICS-Review-2020-Consultation-JRS-SWRC-joint-response.pdf | File size: 471KB
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Support in the workplace for survivors of domestic abuse - call for evidence

Our response to the consultation on “Support in the workplace for survivors of domestic abuse” has been informed by the lived experiences of women who contact our service through our helplines, legal surgeries and legal representation. We have specifically taken the views of three women whom have experienced domestic abuse and disclosed to their employers.

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Filename: 1599732262_Workplace-law-and-domestic-abuse-SWRC-response-final.pdf | File size: 555KB
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Independent review of complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues in relation to policing - further evidence

In March 2019, the SWRC submitted a response to the call for evidence on Police Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues. Since then, we have continued to provide support to survivors of Gender Based Violence to submit complaints to Police Scotland and to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). Since then, additional aspects of the process have been brought to our attention and we have sought further feedback from women who have engaged with the complaints process. In this document we discuss the experiences of women with the complaints process and complaints outcomes, and we provide further recommendations for improvment.

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Filename: Review-of-police-complaints-handling-further-evidence-final.pdf | File size: 488KB
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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Response to the UK government's consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Filename: Sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace-SWRC-response-FINAL.pdf | File size: 250KB | Tags: sexual-harassment sexual-harassment-workplace
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Proposed Stalking Protection (Scotland) Bill

Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a proposed Stalking Protection (Scotland) Bill. Submitted on: 21/07/2019.

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Filename: Stalking-Bill-Consultation-response-final.pdf | File size: 656KB
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Confidentiality Clauses: Consultation on measures to prevent misuse in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination

Our response to the UK Government's consultation on confidentiality clauses and measures to prevent misuse in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination. Submitted on: 07/05/2019.

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Filename: SWRC-Confidentiality-Clauses-Consultation-Response.pdf | File size: 326KB
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Protective Orders for People at Risk of Domestic Abuse

Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Protective Orders for People at Risk of Domestic Abuse. Submitted on: 05/04/2019.

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Filename: 20190329PO-Consultation-Response-Final.pdf | File size: 556KB
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Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse

Response from the Scottish Women's Rights Centre to the Scottish Government’s consultation on improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse. Submitted on: 01/04/2019.

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Filename: SWRC-MARAC-Consultation-Response.pdf | File size: 451KB
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Evidence on Police Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues

Response from the Scottish Women's Rights Centre to the Scottish Government's call for evidence for Dame Elish Angiolini’s Independent Review on Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in relation to Policing. Submitted on: 13/03/2019.

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Filename: Police-Complaints-Handling-SWRC-Response.pdf | File size: 324KB
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Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

Response to Scottish Governement call for consultations on reforming Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, using evidence and testimonies from women with experience of the child contact system. Submitted on: 27/09/2018.

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Filename: Final-Draft-Children-Scotland-Act-for-web2.pdf | File size: 1135KB
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Evidence on civil actions for damages in respect of rape or other serious crimes

Response from the Scottish Women's Rights Centre to the Justice Committee in the Scottish Parliament's call for evidence on civil actions for damages in respect of rape or other serious crimes.

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Filename: SWRC-Evidence-to-Justice-Committee.pdf | File size: 145KB
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Evidence on the protection of workers from sexual harassment and creating positive cultural change

Evidence submitted by the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee at the Scottish Parliament on the protection of workers from sexual harassment, and campaigns and initiatives that succeed in bringing about positive cultural change in the workplace.


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Filename: SWRC-Evidence-to-Standards-and-Procedures-Committee.pdf | File size: 205KB
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Pre-Recording Evidence of Child and Other Vulnerable Witnesses

Read our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Pre-Recording Evidence of Child and Other Vulnerable Witnesses submitted 30/09/17.

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Filename: Children-and-Vulnerable-Witnesses-Consultation-Response.pdf | File size: 60KB
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Equally Safe - Consultation on the Draft Delivery Plan

Read our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the draft delivery plan for Equally Safe. Submitted on: 29/06/17.

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Filename: Equally-Safe-Consultation-SWRC.pdf | File size: 172KB

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