Plymouth, Torbay, Cornwall and Devon Safeguarding Children Boards have teamed up to promote awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to parents and carers.
To coincide with Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March led by national charity National Working Group (NWG) the four South West Peninsula Safeguarding Children Boards, working with Devon and Cornwall Police, local authorities, Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) and charities including Barnados, NSPCC and The Children’s Society are making parents and carers aware of the signs of CSE to look out for.
Sexual exploitation is a type of child abuse which can damage a young person’s physical, emotional and psychological health.Signs to look out for include unexplained gifts or money, excessive or secretive use of mobile phone, self-harm, significantly older friends or playing truant / going missing.
For more information about CSE, visit the new dedicated webpage for Devon and Cornwall at https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/cseawareness
February 2017 - The DSCB in co-operation with other Local Safeguarding Children Boards in the South West has produced a staff survey in order to better understand how professionals are using the South West Child Protection Procedures website (http://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/), and how it can be improved. We are asking all agencies to please forward the survey to practitioners. We are looking for feedback from practitioners at all levels, so please feel free to share this with your colleagues.
The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete, and we would very much appreciate your feedback. By optimising the SWCPP website we are looking to improve safeguarding practice throughout the region and ultimately improve outcomes for children, so please make sure you take part in this important piece of work.
Please click on the following link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CDH6W57
The survey will initially be open for responses until Friday 24.02.17.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the DSCB by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
4th January 2017 - Kayleigh's Love Story
Leicestershire Police have released a short film - Kayleigh’s Love Story about aspects of the last 13 days of the life of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.
The Leicestershire schoolgirl was groomed online by Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, before being raped and murdered by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman.
The film has been made to serve as a warning to children and adults of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation following Kayleigh’s tragic death in November 2015 and is available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsbYHI-rZOE
For further information visit https://leics.police.uk/categories/kayleighs-love-story-film for information on the dangers of speaking to people online, online grooming and to show your support for Leicestershire Police's CEASE (commitment to eradicate abuse and sexual exploitation) campaign.
16/12/2016: Railway Children Project & British Transport Police Safeguarding briefing
For most of us Christmas is a happy time, a fun time spent with family and friends. However, Christmas for many children is an increasingly unhappy time; where many unknowingly place themselves in danger!
Children in need of care and affection will often seek or accept this in inappropriate places, this makes them vulnerable and easy targets for predators , such as paedophiles and abusers. It also makes them more likely to stay with people they
have just met, and become involved in crime or misuse drugs .
There are thousands of vulnerable Children and young people in the UK and many of them use our Transport systems to escape a range of issues. By enhancing your awareness of vulnerable children and helping you to respond, we can make public transport a safer place for them . Working in partnership with the Railway children Project , our aim this Christmas is to raise awareness amongst our officers and partners, through the gift of sharing (briefing attached).
Vulnerable children often use the rail network to, for example, escape from a volatile home situation where parents/careers/persons in authority may abuse or neglect them. The problem can be particularly severe in the run up to Christmas. More alcohol is consumed and family tensions often increase during the festive period.
Railway Children and British Transport Police (BTP) have joined forces with rail industry partners in a bid to make the railway network a safer place for vulnerable children. By enhancing the awareness of railway staff and partners, we can create a network of people who understand, identify and support children who are vulnerable or at risk across the railways. In partnership with BTP, Railway Children has developed the Safeguarding Children on Transport (SCT) programme to enhance transport staff’s awareness of vulnerable children and young people using the transport network and to identify appropriate responses to make public transport a safer place.
During the period from 12th to 23rd December BTP will build on the good work your teams already do on this subject and place an additional focus on:
You play a vital role in spotting and reporting unusual behaviour. You and your staff can be our ‘eyes and ears’ as you go about your day-to-day work by providing us with the information we need to recognise signs of vulnerability or potential exploitation.
You can contribute to our project by helping us raise awareness, by sharing the attached briefing with as many partnerships as possible: let’s get this information out there, let’s make this Christmas count!
All I ask is for you to :
And lastly …. BE CONCERNED
Look out for things that are unusual, out of place or that make you anxious, for example:
If you see something that makes you question what is happening, do something! however small or insignificant you may think it is. Your information may just help to save a young life.
If you are worried about a child or need any advice report your concerns to BTP who will respond positively to help and support any child at risk. British Transport Police – 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. In an emergency always call 999.
Raising awareness of vulnerable young people using the transport system