About National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week

National Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week is the sector’s opportunity to start a national conversation around our joint goals.

It is about new learning.  Leading a new way. It is about reminding ourselves of why we do what we do.

It is about creating #SaferHomes.

  • Have we come together in a powerful enough way to have our voices heard? To have the impact to deliver change?
  • Are we listening to residents, to colleagues in the right way?
  • Are we open about the things we are struggling with, or telling the truth about what’s not working?

By working together, harnessing our collective strengths, we can make a huge difference.

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Your Pledges

I pledge to learn. To form a deeper understanding of what it means to have a culture of safety, and what changes we can make now for the future.

Kathryn Bartholomew

Business Operations Director
I pledge to keep our housing stock compliant to Code of Practice for the Management of Electrotechnical in Social Housing

Martin Simmonds

Senior Services Officer
I pledge to keep our housing stock compliant to all codes of compliance to deliver & engage customers to have safe and secure homes

Noel Creaton

Group Manager
Promote public gas safety awareness to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

Chris Jones

Technical Safety Manager
I pledge time every month to listen in to a selection of customer calls and offer feedback to contact centre staff to help increase learning.

Simon Whitton

Mechanical Manager
I pledge to share my Gas Safety Management knowledge with all who have a need for assistance.

Kevin Winship

Technical Safety Manager
We pledge to better understand the needs of the Women in Compliance Group

Women in Compliance

Membership Team
Connexus Homes Limited pledge to keep listening and involving our customers to ensure that all customers are safe and feel safe in their homes

Fleur Whittingham

Head of Health and Safety and Compliance
I pledge to with compassion, empathy and humility learn how to support change in housing and disrupt the status quo.

Gill Kernick

Master Consultant
We pledge to ensure all our customers feel safe in their homes through a continued commitment to delivering sector leading compliance services.

Kate Meredith

Head of Customer Safety
I pledge to keep our customers safe in their homes and buildings they use by maintaining and continuously improving safety standards

Neil Cox

Director of Homes
Going beyond compliance to establish a safer future for all our customers

Jo Martin

Head of Compliance Assurance
I pledge to make this week a gamechanger.

Claire Heyes

CORGI Technical Services

Let’s start a new “National Conversation” with stakeholders to bring about positive change:

Government – Landlords – Residents – Suppliers – Manufacturers.
Safety does not and cannot exist in a vacuum, it exists as part of a wider ecosystem of interrelated activities.

. #Strongertogether.

Our aim has always been to bring people together to shape best practice by working with others. Over 20+ years of work in this sector we have built a formidable reputation for championing safety. Together with nearly 1,000 members we have brought about positive change and collaboration, including our successful campaign resulting in Regulation 36a which innovated the Landlord Gas Safety Records, saving hundreds of £millions for the benefit of all.

Experience tells us that anything that will help the sector deliver safer homes will be welcomed by all.  Our collective challenge is to provide a platform to enable and empower people to impact change.

Why is Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week so important?

More than simply an awareness week, this is a vital tool in the armoury to raise standards in learning, competence, and collaboration of a shared vision for the future of safety in social housing.  This cultural shift is crucial, because:

  • We need to accelerate the pace of change since the Grenfell disaster
  • We cannot wait for the government to tell us what to do or to legislate us to where we need to be.
  • There is so much work to do. The job is big and no individual or organisation has all the answers.
  • The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government’s White Paper “The Charter for Social Housing Residents” needs solid action to make the vision a reality.
  • Continuing the campaign for stronger powers of Access to carry out legally required safety checks is crucial.
  • We estimate that “non-access” will cost Billions of pounds over the next decade. This is inconceivable given the scale of the task and vision of the White Paper.
  • There is no denying the challenges in the procurement of safety services, advice and products. Is this the weakest link in safety?  Competent organisations can have the best policies and procedures but poor understanding of safety in procurement leaves organisations open to unsafe outcomes!

Ultimately, Social Housing Safety and Compliance Week is a crucial tool to shine a light on safety culture and behaviours.

Challenge. Change. Improve.

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Pledges
to listen

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Pledges
to educate

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Pledges
to communicate

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Pledges
to challenge