Welcome to this month's edition
Good morning, thank you for taking the time to read through this bumper edition of VERU in View.
It's been quite the few months here at the VERU, and while it's been some time since you last heard from us don't for a second think we've been resting on our laurels - quite the contrary!
Alongside key partners, including Prof. Fiona Factor at University of Bedfordshire and our Senior Analysist. I have been holding some important conversations, and doing some vital work, reviewing and refreshing our Strategic Needs Assessment (SNA). Our SNA informs much of our work, direction and demand. Now at the tail end of our first three years and with guaranteed funding for a further three, this is an opportune moment to stop and assess how we're bridging the gap and supporting the activities of our partnership agencies as effectively and efficiently as possible. Stay tuned!
Touching on our online campaigning, our communications team have been working closely with Bedfordshire Police to develop messaging that further challenges the public view on exploitation. For Operation Sceptre our Communications and Engagement Officer, Chantelle, developed a thought-provoking video that performed notably well across both the VERU and policing channels - more on this below.
Reflecting on some recent events, I was privileged to attend the House of Lords for the launch of the Youth Endowment Fund's (YEF) first annual Children, Violence and Vulnerbility report. A truly brilliant time hearing from the YEF Youth Board, who embody the inspiration and hope we thrive for every young person to discover inside them.
Last week, I was invited to speak at the LutonEd 'Our Schools: Our Views' event addressing the challenges facing education today. Speaking on my involvement in the sector over the years both as a parent, educator, youth justice practitioner and Chair of Governors, it was a fantastic experience shared with all the panelists.