NZFVC Weekly Quick Reads: 26 January 2024

Fri 26 Jan 2024

This Quick Reads covers: • Sexual violence prevention at Wellington City Council • Service provision for transgender and intersex individuals • A new approach to address persistent disadvantage • New resources for working with older people.

NZFVC Quick Reads: 26 January 2024

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Wellington City Council launches sexual violence prevention plan 

The Wellington City Council (WCC), with funding from ACC, have produced the Preventing Sexual Violence in Pōneke Roadmap and Action Plan (2023). WCC is also partnering with ACC to host one of the Te Aorerekura Action 13 Primary Prevention Practitioner pilots. See the WCC webpage and WCC media release for more information.

Report on provider support for transgender and intersex individuals 

The Anti-Violence Resource Centre (ARC) has published a report about family violence and sexual violence sector readiness to provide services for transgender and intersex individuals seeking help:  ARC Readiness Assessment: transgender and intersex competency in violence prevention services (2023). The Anti-violence Resource Centre is a collaboration between Gender Minorities Aotearoa and Intersex Aotearoa. 

Two reports propose new approach to social services and persistent disadvantage

Two reports have outlined approaches to social services and persistent disadvantage that focus on iwi and local communities having power and resources to design and implement solutions for their communities. Self-determination in Te Tairāwhiti: Social services devolution – the roadmap and evidence (2023) is from Manaaki Tairāwhiti. Let it go: Devolving power and resources to improve lives (2023) is from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. For an overview of the 2 reports, see Newsroom’s article, Two reports challenge Govt to devolve power to help severely disadvantaged.

UN resources on engagement of older people

The UN Decade of Healthy Aging has published resources designed to increase the meaningful engagement and participation of older people in policy and decision making. The resources include a discussion paper on voice and meaningful engagement, a toolkit on the use of participatory video as a means to achieve meaningful engagement, and a series of case studies to show what meaningful engagement looks like across a variety of contexts. 

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