ASCP launches UK social housing Manifesto

The Association of Safety and Compliance Professionals (ASCP) has launched its Manifesto: Building a Safer Tomorrow, Today: ASCP’s Vision for UK Social Housing.

The Manifesto is the fulfilment of ASCP’s pledge made during the first National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week in June 2021. During its inaugural year, the campaign saw more than six hundred places booked on six free online presentations and discussions, covering a range of the most topical issues facing the sector today and designed to educate, inform, and challenge. ASCP’s Manifesto brings together the information from all of these presentations into one valuable resource whilst providing information, insight and best practice examples on some of the key issues facing the sector right now. Topics covered include using our voice to speak up on safety issues, working effectively with data, what board members need to know about the ‘big 6’ areas of compliance, overcoming access challenges and boosting resident engagement.

Highlighting the need for change, the Manifesto also shares reflections on the Grenfell tragedy from members of Grenfell United. The difference between safety and compliance is also explored with a contribution from Gill Kernick, a former Grenfell resident and leading expert on safety culture and leadership. By sharing insights and highlighting key voices from both ASCP members and the wider housing community, ASCP seeks to shine a light on some of the biggest challenges facing the sector. We know that the voice of the front line is not always recognised nor listened to as it should be. ASCP is committed, therefore, to amplifying the voice of safety and compliance professionals and to highlighting their central role in bringing about transformational reform.

“The Manifesto shares what safety and compliance professionals and other key stakeholders are saying about safety”, Claire Heyes, CEO of ASCP explains. “As well as providing a wealth of valuable information and educational resources, it is also a benchmark to highlight where we are as a sector right now, and where we are going”. There is no denying that the road ahead is challenging, but Claire maintains that – “by harnessing our collective strength and unanimity we can and will achieve so much.”

Invaluable though the Manifesto will be in terms of bringing together the voices of a wide range of stakeholders, identifying the biggest challenges facing the sector and suggesting some possible ways forward; ASCP has not been content to rest there. The Association also uses the Manifesto to set out seven key promises that demonstrate its continued commitment to supporting the sector to overcome safety barriers, from forming an Access Best Practice working group to launching the second National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week 7-11 March 2022, amongst other practical steps.

The Manifesto, sponsored by Aico, is a must-read for all social landlords, Government bodies, the supply chain and everyone else responsible for the safety of residents and seeking to better understand the issues on the ground.

Click here to download your copy.