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........................
Safeguarding children and young people from online radicalisation and extremism - Safer Communities Team, Think Protect Connect
Elderly Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading -
Domestic & Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls - Sussex Stalking Service Funding, Learning From Domestic Homicide Reviews
Vulnerable Young People- YMCA WiSE Project
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership - Project EDWARD
Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships - Safer Hastings Partnership
Safer Communities Team -Think Protect Connect
The Think Protect Connect toolkit aims to provide schools and other youth settings with a range of innovative resources to safeguard children and young people from online radicalisation and extremism.
The key aims of this toolkit are:
To develop children and young people’s personal resilience to extremism and radicalisation
Challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes held by children and young people around individuals and groups
Equip children and young people with critical thinking skills to empower them to explore and challenge sensitive topics including myths about race, racism, the use of online propaganda and extremist ideologies
Increase children and young people’s awareness, knowledge and understanding of radicalisation and extremism and its’ causes
Enable children and young people to gain a number of transferable life skills including digital resilience and critical thinking skills that they can draw on in the future
We are delivering Think Protect Connect to 40 foundation learners at Sussex Downs College this Autumn. Foundation learning is designed to offer a flexible and personalised curriculum for students with skills gaps and those with learning difficulties. An element of personal safety will be incorporated into this programme due to the vulnerability of these learners. Sussex Coast College, Hastings were involved in piloting Think Protect Connect with their foundation learners and found the programme extremely beneficial to their learners.
Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading
Every day we hear more and more about a wide array of scams; we are being overwhelmed, they are becoming part of our everyday lives. But we should not be complacent, we should not accept that it’s just the ways things are nowadays. We encourage everyone to be more vigilant and report these crimes. Even if you haven’t fallen victim to a plausible sounding prize draw or request for money, by raising an alert you may help prevent someone else in more vulnerable circumstances from losing money and suffering financial hardship as a result. Remember: scams are fraud, and fraud is a crime – we should report them otherwise how else will the appropriate resources ever be directed towards combating efforts by organised, predatory criminals to steal your hard earned cash and personal details? It is estimated that an average £5-£10 billion is lost to the UK economy each year as a result of fraudsters spending hours grooming and befriending people of any age, eventually asking them to send them to funds for some concocted reason such as needing urgent help to pay medical or school fee expenses. Much of this money is going overseas and is being spent on organised crime – money laundering, drug trafficking, and even terrorism.
You may think you have met someone online perhaps, someone whom you believe in and trust, someone who ‘gets’ you and thinks you are wonderful. You may be emotionally bombarded at any time of day and night with romantic messages you want to hear. But ask yourself, how do you really know whether you are talking to a man, woman, or even child? A photograph they’ve shown could be of anyone who may not know you exist or that their picture is being used fraudulently. How do you know they live in Liverpool, Torquay, or Russia or are deployed in Afghanistan? It could be someone sitting in an internet café just down the road, working from a suckers’ list obtained from other criminals. They may know from this list that you’ve already responded to a scam, so now they’re trying to get even more from you, banking on the fact you won’t be rude if they start engaging in friendly conversation with you and, once you have been hooked, it will be hard to believe the worst of them, despite warnings from concerned relatives and friends – so, of course, you don’t tell them about your new friend (exactly what these criminals want you to do, they don’t want anyone to come between you).
Please – if you are in any doubt at all about whether you are being targeted online, please talk to someone – it’s much better to be safe than sorry. Details on how to report crime, including cybercrime, is important. “The Little Book of Cyber Scams” published by the Metropolitan Police Service gives the following advice:
Domestic & Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women and Girls -Sussex Stalking Service Awarded Extra Funding
The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Sussex Police have awarded over £90,000 to Veritas Justice to improve provision for victims of stalking and harassment across Sussex. The service will see two independent stalking advocacy case workers work with people affected by stalking, who have been referred by Sussex Police, the National Stalking Helpline, Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service and other partner agencies. The funding will also allow Veritas Justice to provide additional training to Sussex Police to improve police response to stalking, which has seen a 363% increase in police reporting between March and July 2017.
Learning From Domestic Homicide Reviews
East Sussex are holding four briefing sessions in September and October 2017 to explore learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs). This briefing is open to a range of practitioner with the aim of sharing essential learning from local DHRs. The briefing will contextualise local lessons learnt in the context of national research findings. To book on to one of the briefings click here.
The YMCA WiSE Project is a specialist project that supports children and young people who have been or are at risk of sexual exploitation. We work across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Surrey. As part of our communities work we aim to raise the public’s and professional’s awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) so that everyone feels confident in knowing the signs and how to report it. Thanks to some generous funding from the Sussex Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) we are currently able to focus on raising awareness of CSE against Boys and Young Men. We know that boys and young men are not being identified as victims of CSE nor are they accessing support services. This is not just a local phenomenon but happens right across the country and we want to change people’s preconceptions about who is a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation locally and nationally.
So with the support of the PCC we will be launching a specific campaign around Boys and Young Men which will see WiSE create FIVE videos, each highlighting some of the different ways which boys and young men can be targeted and sexually exploited. Once completed the videos will be launched locally as well as nationally via You Tube and other key social media platforms. In addition, the short films will be used by the WiSE team and other professionals as a key resource within schools and group work to help young people explore the issues of child sexual exploitation against boys and young men.
Why have we decided to focus our campaign in this way? Well, young boys we have worked with within schools and colleges repeatedly told us that the resources currently out there for exploring the topic of CSE did not represent them. In nearly all cases the resources, case studies, videos and films shown to them showed that the victim of CSE was a female and the perpetrator male. With these messages alone – how can any male feel empowered to disclose any kind of sexual exploitation against him? We want to change that. We want boys and young men themselves to know the signs so that they are better equipped to keep themselves safe and we want the adults around them to be alert to the possibility of CSE happening to them, so they can help to prevent and disrupt it.
We are currently in the midst of filming and editing the films and are hoping to launch by the end of October – keep an eye out in the next edition for more details of our launch event – we hope you will be able to come along and support this important work!
You may also like to know that at WiSE we have Ed Richardson who is our specialist worker for Boys and Young Men. He can provide direct support to boys and young men at risk of or experiencing sexual exploitation in East Sussex as well across Brighton & Hove. Should you wish to make a referral you can contact Ed direct on Ed.Richardson@ymcadlg.org.
Finally, if you want to know more about CSE in relation to Boys and Young Men then please be aware that WiSE deliver a specific training course covering this specific issue via the LSCB Training Program. The next course is running on December, please refer to the LSCB training portal for more details and information on how to book your place.
Update from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership-Project EDWARD
Project EDWARD is an initiative that looks to have a “European Day Without A Road Death” (EDWARD). It began last year, and occurs this year on Thursday the 21st of September.
Over 25,000 people died on the roads of Europe last year, and out of those, 54 were from our county alone. Although this does sound high, the UK is still one of the leading countries for road safety in Europe. We need to build upon this expertise and this position to get the number of road deaths down, improve the knowledge and awareness of road safety in both our country and county, and encourage others to do the same. Even if you do not drive, we are all road users of one type or another, and unfortunately, we probably all know someone who has been in a collision.
Part of Project EDWARD encourages road users to sign up to a pledge where they promise to raise awareness about road safety to those around them, whilst looking to improve their own skills themselves. You can sign up online here: https://projectedward.eu/pledge/. We will be working with our partners on the day and in the run up to the event, and communicating activities through our various social media outlets.
On the 21st of September last year, we had no road deaths in Sussex. Please join us with colleagues and road users throughout Europe to make the network safer for all.”
Update from the Safer Hastings Partnership
The Safer Hastings Partnership continues to focus on its top priorities . The street community continue to be a significant factor in the borough. The ASB PSPO appears to have affected the level of ASB in the town. Early indications show that the nuisance has reduced, although there is some displacement into the more residential areas surrounding the town centres.
A number of back alleys and alcoves, which have caused considerable ASB problems are now gated resolving the problem completely.
Plans for the next White ribbon awareness day on 24th/25 November are being developed, which will be reported on In future bulletins.
The partnership has recently increased its capacity and has now attained greater officer support. This will allow both Hastings & Rother greater flexibility to respond to local community safety issues over the next 12 months - a great help!
The Safer Hastings & Safer Rother Partnerships are meeting again 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 email@example.com or visit its website www.saferhastings.co.uk
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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