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Community Safety Monthly Update - April 2017
(Issue 31)

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 and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading
Friends Against Scams

Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls
'Ask me' pilot


Xtreme E-safety Workshops
Road Safety
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service: Biker Down Workshop
Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships
Safer Hastings Partnership

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter: In Focus - Business Plan 2017-20

Other Useful Resources
Triple P Support for Parents (2-12 Years)
Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

Friends Against Scams

A National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative has been launched in East Sussex – an Against Scams Partnership. It aims to sign up many different types of organisations to a Charter - businesses, charities, clubs, councils, societies, voluntary groups etc.  Charter Partners will work together and share information about how people can protect themselves from being targeted by criminals.  Remember - scams are fraud, and fraud is a crime. 
At the recent launch, Charter Partners heard about what’s happening at the national and local levels to combat scams, and could talk to others, sharing information about some of the different initiatives being put in place to help combat this ever growing problem within the county. 
To make the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership really effective, we need other organisations to sign up to its Charter. It doesn't matter if scams aren't the main focus of your business.  Anyone can be a scam victim irrespective of age, gender, education or economic background – it could be a member of your staff, your club, or your family and friends. 
For details about the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership and to see which other Charter Partners have signed up, click on this link. You’ll also find some useful scams contact numbers in case you want to discuss any concerns.

Finally, if you have a spare 20 minutes, complete the online Friends Against Scams awareness session here .  It will provide you with details on how to protect yourself and others if targeted by organised, predatory criminals.                                                

Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls

'Ask Me' pilot
The 8th March marked International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the achievements of women across the globe and marks a call to action for gender equality. The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day was #BeBoldForChange; helping to drive change for women.

In East Sussex, the Safer Communities Partnership and cgl domestic abuse service,  in partnership with Women’s Aid and Welsh Women’s Aid, are making their own contribution to change for women by implementing the ask me scheme.

We know that for survivors of domestic abuse, speaking out is very difficult. There is a lot of shame and stigma attached to domestic abuse. Many women fear that they won’t be believed, or that they will be blamed.

We want to change that – so we’re running a new pilot scheme called ‘ask me’ with cgl and Women's Aid. ‘ask me’ will provide free domestic abuse training to people living in East Sussex so they become 'ask me ambassadors'. The ambassadors will be trained to respond helpfully to a disclosure of domestic abuse, and to know where to signpost people for help.

We want all kinds of different people and organisations to become ‘ask me’ ambassadors. Bar staff, hairdressers, community centre workers, administration staff, HR teams, dentists, and local people involved in community groups.  If that sounds like a local group or business you know, then we want you to help them get involved.

For more information, email

Together, we can end domestic abuse #askme #ChangethatLasts

Xtreme E-safety Workshops
Last week, the Safer East Sussex Team, Autism Sussex and Priority 154 held free workshops to provide parents and carers with an improved understanding of how to protect their children online and why young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more vulnerable to online exploitation.

The purpose of the workshops were to:
  • Empower parents and carers to better support their children who may be vulnerable to grooming, radicalisation and harmful online behaviours
  • Improve understanding of why young people with ASD may be more vulnerable to being exploited
  • Provide parents and carers with practical information on free monitoring tools and ways to check online activity
Feedback from the workshops was really positive, with all attendees rating the quality of the workshop as either 'excellent' or 'good'.

As a result of the workshops, examples of feedback from parents and carers about what they would do differently following the workshop and what they liked are below:

Thank you to everyone who attended.
Road Safety

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service: Biker Down Workshop 
25th April 2017 -  7pm to 10pm (Hailsham Fire Station)

Actions taken in the first few moments after a collision involving a biker can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved.

Biker Down is a free training workshop run by professionals for bikers designed to answer these uncertainties. It uses the expertise of the Emergency Services and HSE qualified First Aid Trainers to prepare motorcyclists should the worst happen on the roads. 

The workshop last approximately three hours and is broken down into three modules:

Module one: Looks at the initial scene management and the protection of those present and risk assessing the scene.

Module two: Is delivered by a HSE First Aid trainer and focuses on assessing the casualty when dealing with trauma and when and how to safely remove a motorcyclist’s helmet.

Module three: Focuses on being seen as a motorcyclist. The module is delivered by a member of the partnership, who uses their experience in investigating and/or dealing with serious and fatal motorcycle crashes.

To register your interest in attending, please email: or find on Facebook at

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

The trial merger continues with the neighbouring Safer Rother Partnership and will be looking towards 2017 and the challenges faced by these areas.

Youth related crime and disorder has been a  consistent concern for residents across the area.  Recent developments  with police leading interventions to address anti-social behaviour, especially in St Leonard's, has helped reduce the levels of reported ASB to much more manageable levels. The Police & Crime Commissioner has just announced further support for the work being done in the area to provide youth activities for local  young people. Plans include looking at a co-ordinated programme for the next 2-3 years.

A workshop held in Mid-march invited over 25 local support agencies and voluntary groups to  enhance their support for the street community. Further developments are being  planned for this work.

Hastings has also become the only Local Alcohol Action Area in Sussex. This, in conjunction with the Hastings Community Alcohol Partnership relaunch,  further  concentrates activity addressing the impact of alcohol  in Hastings. More details can be found at

The  consultation for the Hastings Public Space Protection order started on 24th March and will run for 4 weeks. Please visit for a chance to respond and express your views.

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

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter:  In Focus - Business Plan 2017-20
Other Useful Resources
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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