Child exploitation awareness day 18th March 2016

March 18th, 2016 by

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable – Shaun Sawyer is helping to promote child exploitation awareness day today. His message is simple:

Safeguarding our children is everyone’s business.

The more you know, the more you see.  Know the signs.

If you or someone you know is being exploited – help is available.

For more information, or confidential support in Cornwall contact the REACH hub

or Childline.



Spotting the signs of child abuse

March 10th, 2016 by



Crime and Policing News Update Feb 2016

March 10th, 2016 by


  1. Policing and Crime Bill introduced
  2. New legislation to restrict the use of police cells for those experiencing a mental health crisis
  3. The College of Policing’s proposals to recognise, accredit and promote the professionalism of those working within policing
  4. New Joint Fraud Taskforce launched
  5. Home Office launches child abuse whistleblowing helpline
  6. Consultation on the definition of child sexual exploitation
  7. Government launches consultation on age verification for pornography
  8. Cabinet Office’s small charities fundraising training programme now open
  9. Speeches

Planning Permission approved for specialist drug and alcohol unit

March 9th, 2016 by

Planning Permission approved for specialist drug and alcohol unit for young people and families at Bosence Farm.

The Drug and Alcohol Action Team in partnership with Bosence Farm successfully applied for a Public Health England Capital Grant to build a specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for young people and families on the existing site. The facility when open will be the only unit in the country to offer residential assessment, stabilisation and detoxification to young people and those with families facing drug and or alcohol dependency. A Project Board chaired by Lizzie Sheridan, chair of the Bosence Board, has been meeting monthly to monitor progress.


Architects Stride Treglown who designed the award winning Boswyns facility have prepared the plans for the young people unit. After extensive consultation an application for planning permission was submitted and received approval on 15th January.

The tendering process has commenced the construction of the building is due to start in mid-April with completion in September or early October.

From the outset there has been joint work with service users and a wide variety of partners, both statutory and third sector, to co-design the service. Conversations and meetings continue to take place with commissioners, councillors, stakeholders and partners.  Careful consideration is being given to what the service will deliver and how it will engage with partners to support young people and families through treatment. Working with YZUP and partners two very positive focus groups planning for 16 to 18 year olds have taken place and the next meeting focuses on mothers, babies and very young children.

In recognition of the financial challenges in launching this kind of new facility Bosence have appointed a fund raiser. She is now working hard on making bids for grants and awards.

Following a visit to the site by Councillors Rowe and Wallis Councillor Wallis commented; “This is the first time I have visited the site and was impressed with not only this excellent facility, but the dedication of the staff who go above and beyond in helping those who are receiving help at the centre. From my visit I gained a better understanding how, with the right funding, facilities like this can really help people who are dealing with their addiction.”


Pupils at St Neot Community Primary School say “Be Safe and Be Seen”

March 3rd, 2016 by

Children from St Neot Community Primary School helped Cornwall Council Prevention, Protection and Road Safety Team to celebrate this year’s Twilight Trail, which involves a twilight walk with a twist!

Twilight Trails aim to educate children about the importance of wearing fluorescent and reflective clothing in poor light and at night to ensure that they are more visible to other road users.

Twilight Trail 1

The event, took place on in the extensive school grounds, starting with an evening meeting at the school, during which Fire & Road Safety Advisors gave a brief presentation about the importance of wearing fluorescent and reflective clothing when out on the roads at night or in poor light.


With a torch and a reflective tabard each, the children were taken along a dark route where they were able to discover all kinds of reflective items concealed in hedges, trees and undergrowth.


During the walk team members explained how the torches cause the reflective material to shine just as a reflector would react when caught in a vehicle’s headlights.


Without reflective clothing or items a pedestrian or cyclist is only visible, in dipped headlights, from 30 metres away. By wearing or using reflective items they become visible at 150 metres, giving drivers five times the distance to notice them and, more importantly, avoid them.


Tamsin Ferris, Fire & Road Safety Officer says: “Twilight Trails are an incredibly visual and interactive method of helping children to learn that reflective and fluorescent clothing will greatly increase their visibility when out on the roads in poor light. A fun activity such as a Twilight Trail helps the children to retain the vital road safety message of Be Safe and Be Seen.”


In recent years there have been a number of tragic adult pedestrian deaths on dark roads. So the message is vital for everybody: consider wearing or carrying something bright if you have to walk along the road at night.


Children at St Neot enjoying the Twilight Trail in spite of the weather!


Powerful, thought provoking initiative delivered to target young driver casualties in Cornwall

March 3rd, 2016 by

On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th February, the Keay Theatre at Cornwall College St Austell hosted four Learn2Live events, organised by Cornwall Council Prevention, Protection and Road Safety in partnership with Devon County Council.   Learn2Live is a powerful, thought provoking initiative, designed to target young driver and passenger casualties in Cornwall.


Learn2Live was presented to in excess of 500 young people who fall into the young driver age group. The Learn2Live programme is based on a short DVD showing a group of friends being involved in a collision and the emergency services arriving. As each agency arrives at the scene, the DVD is paused and a member of that particular emergency service enters the stage to give their chilling account of attending the scene of a road traffic collision.


This is followed by a family member who has lost a loved one in a road traffic collision giving their account of the circumstances of their loss and the devastating affect that this has had on their life.


The programme concludes with a young man called Pete telling his story about how he was involved in a collision, the impact of which will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Tom Rehaag, Fire & Road Safety Advisor, says: “Through Learn 2 Live, young drivers and passengers will witness how a collision occurs, the devastation that follows, and how the lives of all the professionals, and in particular family members, are affected. We hope that through this highly impactful programme young drivers will think about the facts, consequences, and what they can do in order to avoid being involved in a road traffic collision.”

For further information regarding the Learn 2 Live programme please contact Tamsin Ferris, Fire & Road Safety Officer (Awareness & Performance)


Photo Learn 2 Live (L-R):

Learn 2 Live team Simon Taylor, Martyn Addinall, PC Nick Etchells, Sgt Phillip Grigg, Nick jones, Izabela Harvey, Pete Atkinson, Tom Rehaag

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