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Community Safety Monthly Update - October 2017
(Issue 37)

Welcome from the team 

We want to keep you informed in relation to some of the partnership's work and hope you find this both informative and useful.  This complements our bi-monthly newsletter which will continue to provide a more in depth look at our priority areas.

Coming up in this Issue........................

Elderly Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading - 
Friends Against Scams

Vulnerable Young People - YMCA WiSE Project 

Modern Slavery- Anti Slavery day
Domestic & Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls - Sussex Stalking Service Funding, Learning From Domestic Homicide Reviews

Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships - Safer Hastings Partnership

Road Safety Sussex Safer Roads Partnership Update
Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading- Friends Against Scams
Our recent newsletter provided a round-up of various local and national initiatives relating to scams. As you will have seen, there’s a huge amount of work going on to try and help protect East Sussex residents from being scammed by criminals, with Trading Standards and Sussex Police prosecuting offenders. 

We continue to encourage everyone to help raise awareness about scams – be aware of the latest scams and talk to your friends and family about them over coffee or ask your local church or community centre / employer / club or society to organise a 1 hour group Friends Against Scams awareness session.  Local partnerships or organisations can also sign up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership project, sharing social media comms and displaying literature and posters so that we can reach a wider audience. Email ; for further information.

In East Sussex approximately 550 people have completed the Friends Against Scams awareness session (either in a group or via their
online 20 minute session) with 40 SCAMchampions who can deliver these sessions around the county.  We have over 50 organisations signed up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership.  
Vulnerable Young People - YMCA WiSE Project 
The WiSE Project supports children and young people who have experienced or are at risk of sexual exploitation. We work across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Surrey. 

As well as the communities work, as featured in last month’s e-bulletin WiSE is working together with schools in East Sussex to ensure we are all well-equipped to support children and young people who may be vulnerable to child sexual exploitation (CSE). The WiSE Project schools offer includes:

-    CSE awareness raising training for all staff; Can be arranged as part of inset day training, after school training sessions or other training opportunities. Suitable for all staff, and most relevant to safeguarding leads, pastoral teams, personal tutors, PSHE teaching staff.  Minimum number required: 8.

-    Targeted group work programmes for students deemed vulnerable to CSE; 6 week group work programmes for single sex groups (both boys and girls) to be delivered by a WiSE Worker and co-facilitated by a member of staff from the school.  

-    CSE Champions across East Sussex; Schools to nominate a CSE Champion, who will be the WiSE point of contact in the school who can distribute additional news, information and advice to other staff, attend Champions Forums and additional training.

-    Parent and Carer support via our dedicated blog; A variety of articles posted regularly providing top tips for parents, useful links/resources, useful videos, highlighting issues for boys and young men, guidance on how to talk to your child and relevant news articles.

If you are interested in learning more about the different elements of the WiSE schools offer or would like WiSE to support your local school or college, then do get in touch with Laura Mende, WiSE Educations and Communities Worker in East Sussex at

To support the work of the WiSE Project you can make a donation by texting WISE85 followed by the amount you want to give (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10) to 70070 or you can visit our Just Giving page: Thank you
Modern Slavery - Anti-Slavery Day
Tens of thousands of adults and children, according to NCA Director of Vulnerabilities, Will Kerr, are likely to have been trafficked into modern slavery in the UK. The estimate greatly exceeds the 3,800 victims identified in 2016 by the National Referral Mechanism, the UK’s official framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.

As Modern Slavery is a complex crime, with victims and perpetrators moving across local authority boundaries a Pan Sussex Modern Slavery Network has been established.  The Sussex Modern Slavery Network is a framework for bringing together all the organisations across Sussex that are committed towards tackling modern slavery, prosecuting perpetrators and assisting the victims.  East and West Sussex County Councils, Brighton and Hove City Council, Sussex Police, East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, SEECAM, the Gang masters and Labour Abuse Authority and Immigration Enforcement are represented within the network.

An action plan has been developed with the main objectives to:

•    Strengthen safeguards against slavery by protecting vulnerable people from exploitation and increasing awareness of and resilience against this crime
•    Prosecute and disrupt individuals and groups responsible for slavery
•   Reduce the harm caused by slavery through improved victim identification and enhanced support
•    Prevent people from engaging in slavery
Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. 

Raise awareness via Twitter with these suggested tweets: 

#askthequestion was first launched by the Modern Slavery Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this year. It encourages people to share a photo of something they bought or a service they used and to post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to the business which made or provided it, asking “is this slave free?” and using both hashtags #askthequestion and #slavefree

For information regarding anti slavery day awareness raising in East Sussex please contact Lucy Spencer 
Update from the Safer Hastings Partnership

The Safer Hastings Partnership  continues to focus on its top priorities.  

Two projects have recently been  funded by the Safer Hastings Partnership;  The Hastings Street Pastors who help those vulnerable individuals out late at night in town suffering from the ill effects of alcohol  or  finding it difficult to find their way home, and the Gizmo Café which provides a drop in centre and  food for a  large number of young people in St Leonards during the evenings  and keeps them safe from potential harm.

The Safer Hastings Partnership and Safer Rother  Partnership jointly attended the PCC Crime summit at South Coast College. The summit  examined partnership  working and the successes associated with dealing with youth  disorder that affected residents  last summer.  

Plans for the  next  domestic abuse white ribbon awareness day on 24th/25 November are  well developed and will be reported in early November.

The Safer Hastings & Safer Rother Partnerships  met in late  September to discuss  developments local to the area, including  coordinating funding streams.  

If you wish to raise any local community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact the SHP on or visit its website


Domestic & Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls -  Learning From Domestic Homicide Reviews

East Sussex are holding three briefing sessions in October 2017 to explore learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs). This briefing is open to a range of practitioners with the aim of sharing essential learning from local  DHRs. The briefing will contextualise local lessons learnt in the context of national research findings. The briefings will take place as follows;
02 October 2017 11:30-13:30, Muriel Matters House, Hastings- Council Chamber, Course Code: ASC/17/773

09 October 2017 12:00-13:30, Rother District Town Hall, Council Chambers, Bexhill, Course Code: ASC/17/774 

25 October 2017 12:00-13:30, Westfield House, Lewes, Course Code: ASC/17/774
To book a place click on the button below;
East Sussex Learning Portal 
Please click on the image below to sign up for the latest news about domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and violence against women and girls.
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership Update - Project Edward - TyreSafe month
Please find below an update of what is happening at SSRP this month. Please contact SSRP by email if you would like further clarification on any points, or links to campaign materials, where available.

● Project EDWARD – 21st of September – Results

SSRP reported a successful day on the 21st of September for TISPOL’s Project EDWARD, in that we had no fatalities in the county on that day – well done everyone! That said, the following occurred:

- 601 offences captured by the Camera Team
- 4 mobile phone offences
- 34 seatbelt offences
- 3 offences of Driving Under the Influence
- 5 arrests for traffic offences
- 88 Traffic Offence reports issues

There was a huge amount of activity throughout Sussex on that day with a combination of enforcement and education, this project was bigger this year than last, and the following results occurred on social media: 
● TyreSafe – October
This is a month-long campaign instigated by the charity TyreSafe, and it aims to educate motorists about the dangers of not paying attention to your tyres. SSRP will be putting out daily communications on this, as well as conducting tyre checks with partners. Please look out for SSRP messaging on this, and explore the very informative TyreSafe website:
Our current priorities for 2017-20

Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading associated with Serious Organised Crime
Serious Organised Crime: Cyber crime
Vulnerable Young People being exploited and recruited by Organised Crime Groups
Serious Organised Crime: Modern Slavery
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