Drink Spiking

September 25th, 2018 by

How to stay alert, and how to respond:

As reported widely in the local and national media, a drink spiking incident in Falmouth is now being investigated by The Police.

If you become aware of such an incident, please follow this advice given by Devon and Cornwall Police, and take these actions swiftly:

“Report it to the police as soon as you can. They will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken, but some can be gone in 12 hours so it’s important to be tested as soon as possible.

If you have been sexually assaulted, even if you are too upset to report it to the police immediately, you should try to seek medical assistance if you have been hurt or injured. Any forensic evidence obtained during tests can be stored.”

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-community/drugs-and-alcohol/alcohol/drink-spiking/

“If you begin to feel really drunk after only a couple of drinks, get help from a trusted friend or a member of staff from the club or pub management.

Stay away from situations that you do not feel comfortable with.

Remember that alcohol can affect your actions and reactions as well as reduce your ability to be alert – alcohol is the most common date rape drug.

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-personal-safety/staying-safe-while-out-for-the-night/

Please be alert, enjoy Cornwall safely, and report anything that concerns you to The Police.

Who to call for help:

Police:

Call 999

If you are in danger, please dial 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency.

If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55.

Cornwall Reach Hub

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline:

0300 777 4777  

 

 

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Child Sexual Exploitation Campaign

September 25th, 2018 by

Our Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safer Cornwall is coordinating and supporting an education campaign aimed at the hospitality industry as part of a wider Devon and Cornwall Police campaign called ‘I didn’t know’ from 26th to 28th September 2018.

It follows on from the National Child Sexual Exploitation Day in March 2018 and highlights how the hospitality industry may spot signs and report and gain support.

Child exploitation is a form of abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people into sexual or criminal activity, and there have been many harrowing stories where children have been targeted and groomed.

The ‘I didn’t know’ message aims to highlight child sexual exploitation and encourage everyone to adopt a zero tolerance to the exploitation of children.

Hotels and B&Bs are in a unique position to help – evidence shows that accommodation is often used as a location to meet, groom and abuse children (both girls and boys).

Exploited children are almost always too terrified to ask for help themselves.  Receptionists, managers and housekeepers are in a unique position to notice when someone or something seems suspicious or may not all be ok with young guests.  By passing their concerns on to the police, they could potentially save a child from exploitation/further exploitation.

A leaflet will be provided within walkabouts across 5 of the Safer Towns in Cornwall by local police neighbourhood policing teams and partners, and will be followed up by a larger campaign before peak season next year to provide advice and support to the industry.  Not all accommodation providers will be visited on this occasion but providers and the general public can gain more information by going to:

  1. ‘I didn’t know’ campaign dc.police.uk/CSE

2.  Hotel watch – www.dc.police.uk/hotelwatch

 

 

 

 

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100 days, 100 ways

August 23rd, 2018 by

100 days, 100 ways asks people to support First Light by raising £100 between 25 August and 2 December (100 days).  Inspired by 2018 being the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote in Britain, the campaign concludes with Domestic Abuse Awareness Week (25 November – 2 December) and aims to encourage as many people as possible to think of fun, original ways to fundraise or challenge themselves to achieve a personal goal.

We’re asking donors to sign-up through the following weblink (http://www.100days100ways.org/) where they can request a fundraising pack

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Cornwall Pride

July 28th, 2018 by

Our Pride 2018

This year once again Cornwall Pride will be returning to Newquay. After the pridetastic event last year, how could it not return! On Saturday 25 August why not come and join Cornwall’s celebration of diversity, you are all are welcome to attend along with colleagues, friends and family.

Themes for this year

In line with a Safer Cornwall priority to increase the reporting of hate crime, the service is joining with Devon and Cornwall Police to say “let’s shOUT” about hate crime.

As always we will be promoting recruitment and our apprentices will be there to promote the roles within the service and give their first hand experiences of what it is like to be a firefighter in Cornwall.

Flying the flag

 

This year the Council and the Service will be flying the Pride rainbow flag for the week running up to Pride and the day at New County Hall and Service HQ Tolvaddon.

There will be other rainbow additions to this year’s Pride including rainbow epaulettes. Now supported by the National Fire Chiefs Council, members of the service will be wearing their rainbow epaulettes with Pride on 25 August and the week running up to the day.

Getting involved

If you would like to come along and join the parade please be at the Beach Car Park Newquay no later than 11.30, the flag waving and parade beings at midday.

If you would like to be more involved on the day or have an idea to make our Pride attendance even better then please contact Kathryn Billing Strategic Lead for sex, sexual orientation and gender self-identity.

Kathryn Billing, Area Manager Service Delivery, Service Headquarters

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Domestic abuse co-ordinator job opportunity

July 25th, 2018 by

Job Description

Primary Location: Cornwall-Liskeard
Other Locations: Cornwall-Truro
Job: Community safety
Organisation: Cornwall Council
Job Posting: 19-Jul-2018, 13:21:19
Hours per week: 37
Job Type/Contract type: Fixed term
Interview Date: 23-Aug-2018
Closing Date: 08-Aug-2018, 23:59:00
Salary Range: £32,641 – £39,961

About the role & About us

To support and coordinate the multi-agency response to domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

To be a driving force in the implementation of the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence (DASV) Strategy including:

  • Implementation of the DASV Delivery Plan
  • Commissioning and contract management of DASV services
  • Implementation of recommendations from Domestic Homicide Reviews
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement Plans
  • Performance Management across complex multi-agency systems

To supportservice development andredesign; process and policy; development and improvement. This will include influencing change within Cornwall Council and its partner agencies such as Police, Probation Services, Health, voluntary Sector and Private Sector and will include planning, performance improvement and evaluation of projects and services to ensure innovative and effective responses to DASV.

To support robust contract management for commissioned services to ensure contractual compliance for service delivery and additional aspects such as safeguarding, equality and diversity and health and safety and identify risks associated with service delivery and finance and reputational risk; escalating risk to Managers and supporting the development of plans to mitigate against those risks and implementing risk reduction plans.

This is a 12 month Maternity fixed term contract to provide cover for a member of staff who is absent because of maternity leave,until they return to work and may represent a suitable secondment opportunity for existing Cornwall Council employees. If you wish to be considered for a secondment, please obtain your manager’s permission before applying.

This position will be subject to a enhanced criminal record disclosure check.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and is an equal opportunities employer.

More information about working for Cornwall Council is available here

About you

The successful applicant will have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the complexities and dynamics of domestic abuse and sexual violence for male and female, child, young persons and adult victims and perpetrators and safeguarding children and adults.

You will also have demonstrable comprehensive knowledge and experience of problem solving, partnership working and developing and implementing innovative approaches to new or existing services to improve outcomes and manage risks.

You must have considerable experience of building effective working relationships with key partners and stakeholders in the field of DASV and in designing, leading and project/performance managing DASV initiatives in order to determine the direction of future service delivery and commissioning.

A track record of successfully working with partners and external bodies to deliver complex objectives with tangible outcomes for the benefit of customers and/or service users is required for this post.

You will require the ability to convey complex issues in both verbal and written format along with good negotiation skills to ensure partner engagement to the agenda which realises positive results.

To apply

Please view the Role Profile; your application will need to explain how you meet the stated criteria. More guidance is available on how to complete the application and your supporting statement.

Please click on the apply button to register or complete an application form.

Apply Online

 

This position will close at midnight on the closing date.

 

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Campaign to raise awareness of County Lines

July 4th, 2018 by

County Lines

Know the signs

Police have today, Tuesday 3 July, launched a campaign to raise awareness of County Lines and how the public can help spot the signs of such criminal activity ongoing in their community.

County Lines is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines. The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and they will often use coercion.

This is a national trend and there are criminal gangs using the County Lines operating model across Devon and Cornwall.

The Force’s County Lines lead, Detective Superintendent Antony Hart, said: “This week we are launching our County Lines campaign and as part of our ongoing commitment in tackling this nationwide phenomenon, we are now appealing to the public to spot the signs within their communities.

“Our recent policing activity over the last year shows that our counties are not a safe haven for drugs supply chains and anyone coming to the area intending to be involved in drugs will face prosecution.

“We have teams across the force area who focus on disrupting these drugs supply lines and on protecting the vulnerable people who become victims of crime. We also work closely with other forces, regionally and nationally, as well as the Regional Organised Crime Unit, to share intelligence and best practice to target drug suppliers.

“Neighbourhood teams and response officers are regularly patrolling areas that are used for ‘street dealing’ creating an environment where there is no safe place left to hide.

“County Lines gangs will often target children and young people, women and vulnerable adults to deliver drugs and money between locations.

“An operating base is also an essential feature of the County Lines criminal model. Gangs will regularly exploit vulnerable people, forcing them to build up a debt or using threats of violence in order to take over a person’s home, a practice known as ‘cuckooing’.

“Police have worked to identify people who may be either susceptible to, or victims of, drugs networks who use their homes to ‘set-up shop’. Once into the address drug dealers use this as a base to run their activity for short periods of time before moving on.

“Any address that has previously been used is entered onto a database and then visited by Neighbourhood teams. This relies on good working relationships between local partners, housing providers and tenants. This process also provides opportunities for rehabilitation and rehousing to break the cycle of vulnerability and offending where relevant.

“By consistently visiting people in our community we aim to reduce the risk of people becoming repeat victims of cuckooing and to continue to build the intelligence picture to ensure that other people are not put at risk of harm from Organised Crime Groups.

“We have continued to keep up this level of activity and in 2018 have continued to visit addresses where ‘live’ cuckooing is suspected to be taking place.

“We recognise that County Lines drug supply is a problem that cannot be solved by the police alone. We will continue to work with our partner agencies and our communities to tackle the issue, sending a clear message to drug suppliers that they are not welcome in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Signs to look out for:

A young person’s involvement in county lines often leaves signs, below are some of the indicators of county lines involvement and exploitation:

  • A child or young person going missing from school or home or significant changes in emotional well-being
  • A person meeting unfamiliar adults or a change to their behaviour
  • The use of drugs and alcohol
  • Acquiring money or expensive gifts they can’t account for
  • Lone children from outside of the area
  • Individuals with multiple mobile phones or tablets or ‘SIM cards’
  • Young people with more money, expensive clothing, or accessories than they can account for
  • Unknown or suspicious looking characters coming and going from a neighbour’s house
  • Relationships with controlling or older individuals or associated with gangs
  • Suspicion of self-harm, physical assault or unexplained injuries

Gangs may also target women who tend to be drug users or have engaged in a relationship with a gang member. They can become victims of sexual and domestic violence and can also be coerced into delivery drugs or money for the gang.

Vulnerable adults who are in financial difficulties or who have mental health problems are usually the most likely victim of cuckooing.

What can you do?

If you have concerns surrounding children, follow safeguarding procedures and share your concerns with local authority social care services.

If you are being affected by any of the above or know someone who is then contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further information on County Lines can be found on our website: www.dc.police.uk/countylines

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INTEGRATED DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE

July 1st, 2018 by

INTEGRATED DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE: CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

Service details and referral guidelines

  

The new, comprehensive, county-wide, Adult, Children and Young People’s Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence community service, delivered jointly by First Light and Barnardo’s , commences  1st July 2018.

All services are free of charge.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Independent Sexual Violence Advisory services remain the same.

The new Service provides a wide range of education, early intervention and prevention services and expert support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and their families.  The service includes:

Crisis response

The service offers a single point of contact for domestic abuse in the county and an Independent Domestic Violence Advisory provision.  This includes risk assessment, safety planning, individual advocacy, advice and guidance.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Recovery Toolkits for Adults, Children and Young People

The Recovery Toolkits provide a specialist recovery-oriented and programmatic intervention for adult and child survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.  This includes community support groups.

Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme

Domestic abuse prevention programmes will be offered for men and women who display abusive behaviour in their relationships, to increase safety to their non-abusive partners and children.

Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic support is available for adults, children and young people who have either recently experience Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence, or recently concluded their engagement with an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.  Group-based therapy and Pre-trial counselling will also be available.

How to refer

Telephone: 0300 777 4 777

For professional requiring advice and information prior to making a referral using the online referral form: 01872 241 711

Online referral via the First Light website https://www.firstlight.org.uk/make-a-referral/

Healthy Relationships Schools Programme

Healthy Relationships training is delivered to primary and secondary schools in partnership with Brook supporting education leaders to create whole school approaches and to champion Healthy Relationships as core to their PHSE curriculum.

The programmes are tailored to be age appropriate and aim to equip students with the skills to develop healthy and respectful relationships. Critically, the programme seeks to develop young people as ambassadors for promoting healthy relationships in their school environments as they are best placed to influence long term change.  This service will commence in October 2018.

Enquiries and bookings for Healthy Relationships:

 Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Workforce Development Training

Domestic abuse and sexual violence training packages to suit a wide range of professional needs.  Further information and bookings can be accessed via the following links: 

 A new link to Eventbrite and a full refreshed programme of domestic abuse and sexual violence training will be distributed in the Autumn.

 

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Community Safety – 1365 Staff Trained

May 14th, 2018 by

Over the last 12 months staff from Community Safety & Fire and services, including Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Housing, ASB and Drug & Alcohol treatment staff have completed training to help them with their role with vulnerable people and community safety issues.

The following courses have delivered.

  • Alcohol Awareness and IBA: Identification and Brief Advice

Just over 400 front line staff have been trained overall for 2017/18.  This training has now been updated to incorporate more Motivational Interviewing principles.

  • 14 x Basic Drug Awareness courses

A total of 253 people have attended and completed the BDA course for 2017/18

  • 1 x Basic Drug & Alcohol Awareness – Isles of Scilly

This one-off course was arranged and delivered for the Isles of Scilly service staff (Health Centre, NHS Trust, Children’s Services Team, Police, St Mary’s Hospital and Age UK).  A total of 8 people attended and completed the course.

  • 1 x 2-day Blue Light Train the Trainer training

The Blue Light Project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for people who are dependent drinkers, who resist change and are a burden on public services.  National guidance has been developed and this course aims to help roll out that learning across Cornwall.

A total of 11 people attended and completed the Blue Light TTT out of a potential of 12.  This course will enable participants to run courses for others on working with change resistant drinkers.   Participants are expected to have the ability and willingness to deliver future training in Cornwall.  Plans are in place to deliver this training across the 10 identified Safer Towns for 2018-19.

  • 2 x 2-day Dual Diagnosis courses

This course was run specifically for mental health services and drug & alcohol service staff in Quarter 4 2017/18.  A total of 18 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course

  • 16 x 2-day Mental Health First Aid courses

This nationally accredited course which can only take up to 16 people. A total of 214 people have attended and completed MHFA training for 2017/18.

  • 9 x General Motivational Interviewing courses

A total of 172 people have attended and completed the MI course for 2017/18.

  • 2 x 2-day Specialist Motivational Interviewing

This course was run specifically for drug and alcohol service staff.  A total of 36 people attended and completed the 2 day Specialist Motivational Interviewing course.  Both courses had full attendance

  • 2 x Update on Providing Substance Misuse Pharmacy Services

This is an annual update training event the DAAT deliver to all pharmacies.  Two events were arranged – 1 in Lanhydrock (held in Q2) and 1 in Redruth (held in Q3).  A total of 72 pharmacists/pharmacy staff attended and completed the training.

  • 14 x Young People’s Substance Awareness & Screening training

A total of 181 people attended and completed the YP Screening training for 2017/18.  This includes 2 sessions held specifically for GTY and YOS staff and 1 session for the service staff on the Isles of Scilly.

 

Feedback

“Good at raising confidence with usable tools and case examples.”

“Helpful to get confidence working out alcohol unit levels and using AUDIT.”

“Applicable in helping clients to cut back their alcohol use.”

“Kim has great knowledge of the subject.  Delivered with passion”

“Well balanced approach to drug attitudes and approaches in todays society”

“Very informative and enjoyable day, thank you.  Delivered by a very knowledgeable and calm trainer”

“I felt that all the common misconceptions about drug users were covered in this session”

“Really fascinating and thought provoking…will improve my practice”

“Extra knowledge about the effects of drugs and relationship with Mental Health disorders.”

“New ideas and angles to begin to provide a service in complex areas”

“Really enjoyed the Personality Disorder work…really fascinating”

“Refreshing look at Dual Diagnosis”

“The best training I have had in a long time.  From basic to in depth material with links to bio-psycho-social interactions and real life stories”

“ The trainers knowledge and relaxed delivery made the training very accessible”

“Great course.  Now feel better equipped and knowledgeable about mental health”

“Trainer very engaging with everyone at the training.  Took time to listen and give advice.”

“Became more aware and understanding in my approach to service users”

“Hard work but instructive, entertaining and two days well spent”

A high percentage of the feedback received through the evaluation forms and through other sources is very positive.  This ranges from comments made about the trainers to the level of learning people have gained through attending these courses.  We have learnt through the feedback and the success of this training programme the gap within these services around substance awareness and engaging service users.  We hope to expand the training programme to cover other areas, such as, Blue Light training and Routine Inquiry into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training in 2018/19.

 

Any more information please contact DAATevents@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

May 14th, 2018 by

I am really pleased to be able to advise that the contract for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services has been awarded to First Light South West working in partnership with Barnardo’s.

     

The contract commences 1 July and holds potential to run for 7 years and will deliver against the following:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Service
  • REACH
  • Family Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme
  • Recovery toolkits for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Therapeutic intervention for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • DASV training
  • Healthy Relationships Programme
  • Offender programmes

This has been an ambitious procurement and First Light South West and Barnardo’s have been bold and visionary in their response giving the multi-agency evaluation panel confidence in their ability to deliver and opportunities for further exciting development.

A full communication strategy will follow.

I would like to thank First Light South West and Barnardo’s for their ambition and vision and wish them every success moving forward.

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Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018

January 31st, 2018 by

Safer Cornwall is delighted to be supporting

Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February

National Sexual Violence Awareness Week is an opportunity for all services to highlight the wide range of fantastic support which is on offer and stand side-by-side to show our commitment to a zero tolerance of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall. The week is for raising awareness about sexual violence in all demographic groups.

Public events providing information, advice and support:

  • Monday 5 February – 9:00 – 16:00 Display stand to showcase all of the support on offer for those who are being affected by sexual violence. This will be at RCHT Trelawney Wing Entrance.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 10:00 – 13:00 Sexual Violence Awareness Week Launch and awareness session on sexual violence and the services available. Held at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust – Knowledge Spa – G09.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 14:00 – 16:00 SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 19:00 – 20:00 Live Q and A Facebook session through First Light Facebook with a crisis worker.

 

  • Tuesday 6 February 9:00 – Wednesday 7 February 14:00
    Information displays for support and guidance for those being affected by sexual violence at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

 

  • Wednesday 7 February 12:00 – 14:00 SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

  • Thursday 8 February – 12:00 – 13:00 Live Q and A Facebook session through First Light Facebook with an ISVA.

 

  • Friday 9 February – 10:00 – 16:00 Display stand to showcase all of the support on offer for those who are being affected by sexual violence. At The Long Gallery, New County Hall, Truro.

 

  • Friday 9 February 10:00 – 12:00 – SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

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Website – www.safercornwall.co.uk

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