We welcome the commitment to gathering better data across the board, but urge policymakers to include the wide and rich data already captured across the specialist voluntary sector in their efforts to avoid reinventing the wheel. Charities and community organisations, including specialist women and girls' services, often step in when previous interventions by public services have failed, and as such their insights will be vital to ensure this strategy has lasting impact and reaches those most at risk.
While the separate strands are promising, we are concerned that the strategy at times relies on existing plans and funds and that there does not appear to be new funding invested to properly resource early interventions. Furthermore, the strategy contains highly detailed recommendations for a number of separate policy areas, which risk becoming siloed if a cross-cutting delivery strategy that prioritises information-sharing and cross-departmental working is not set out. For women and girls experiencing multiple unmet needs, it is absolutely essential that services and strategies speak to one another to address their circumstances holistically and provide wraparound support.