National Child Exploitation Awareness Day 18th March 2020

March 5th, 2020 by

Tackling exploitation is a high priority for partners in Cornwall. Exploitation is where someone takes unfair advantage of others to gain something for themselves. It occurs when a person is persuaded to do things in exchange for something that they need or want (coercion), or threatened or forced to do things by people with more power than them – this can be someone of a similar age to the child or young adult being exploited, as well as an adult.  It can include being made to provide sexual acts (sexual exploitation) and/or to commit crimes such as theft, benefit fraud, or dealing, carrying or growing drugs (known as criminal exploitation).

Commonly children and young adults think that they have a free choice in their involvement, but when the people exploiting them have more power than they do, we do not believe that this is a free choice.   The methods the exploiters use include ‘grooming’ where someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a person so that they can exploit them; coercion; control; manipulation and threats.  Children and young adults can also be experiencing exploitation and taking part in abusive behaviours towards others at the same time – exploitation is never the victim’s fault.

Our new Child Exploitation Strategy for the next 3 years (which covers ages up to 25 years) is being published in April 2020 and we are also supporting the National Child Exploitation Awareness Day on 18th March 2020 which aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out.

Look out for our social media campaign – one of the ways you can show your support to the awareness day is to write a personal pledge on your hands and post your photo on social media with the hashtag  #CEADay20 to help us raise awareness of child exploitation.

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Safer Cornwall is encouraging communities to report

March 3rd, 2020 by

Safer Cornwall has developed pocket-sized information cards for Cornwall to encourage communities to report their concerns and also to highlight the support available.

The cards were initially designed following a request by Cornwall Councillors to encourage communities to report local community safety issues and also to demonstrate the wide range of help that is available. The cards provide information about how to access support for issues such as anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and sexual violence, drugs and alcohol, reporting a crime, safeguarding, rough sleeping and waste issues.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “We want communities to tell us about their concerns and report these in the right way so that issues can be dealt with swiftly. The cards provide easy access to an array of contacts that means you do not have to be searching for the correct contact number or email address, you have it to hand when you need it.”

Simon Mould, Head of Community Safety and Localism said: “We want to build confidence in communities to report incidents and issues they are experiencing, so that the right agencies are informed and action can be taken. All reports make a difference and are treated confidentially and equally. Reports are also important in providing agencies with information on where to target resources and consider changes to services both immediately and in the longer term, to keep communities safe. If in doubt we encourage everyone to visit our Safer Cornwall webpage to raise the issue the correct way.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said: “Under-reporting of crime presents a multitude of problems. Unless police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners and Government departments have a good understanding of the levels of different types of crime it is very hard to know what resources, both in terms of policing and commissioned services for victims, to put in place.”

“On an individual case level it means perpetrators get away with it, victims go unrecognised, and the cycle of crime continues. Isolated communities are less likely to alert the people that can help victims to the fact that a crime has been committed – something that needs to change.”

Cards will be available through all Library and Information Services across Cornwall. Please also visit https://safercornwall.co.uk/support-report/ if you would like to download the information electronically or in a different format.

Safer Cornwall is a statutory partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. We provide a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.

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Community Day at Heartlands with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and Safer Cornwall

February 28th, 2020 by

The Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth partnership teamed up with Plymouth Argyle and Heartlands last week to host a free community day for young people and families in the local area.

The hugely experienced coaches from Plymouth Argyle delivered a range of activities, from football, handball, dodgeball and Heartlands even hosted an ice rink.

During the event, partner agencies from Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth were on hand to meet young people and their families and showcase the work and support they provide local communities. The agencies included the Penwith Community Development Trust, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Hideaway 77 Youth Café, Addaction YZUP, Coastline, Headstart Kernow, One Vision, Barnardo’s, First Light and Together for Families.

Provision for young people is a priority for the Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth Partnership, a partnership made up of the agencies mentioned above and many more including Redruth and Camborne Town Councils, Devon and Cornwall Police and We Are With You Cornwall (formerly Addaction).

The event was paid for with funding granted to the partnership by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Other priorities for Safer Camborne and Redruth include Anti-social Behaviour, Domestic Abuse, Alcohol and Drug Related Harm and Community Resilience and Engagement.

 

 

 

 

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Safer St Austell acts on concerns raised in Charlestown

February 26th, 2020 by

Safer St Austell has been supporting Charlestown residents who have raised concerns regarding  anti-social behaviour within the village.

Safer St Austell and wider partners from across Cornwall Council have met on several occasions with the Parish Council representatives, local Cornwall Councillor and Keep Charlestown Safe Group, to listen to their concerns and provide action. Issues have been raised about perceived increases in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents and management of some of the licensed premises.

Following an initial meeting a review of incidents and crime types has been conducted by Cornwall Council’s Amethyst Team. The review has found that despite the perceived increase in anti social behaviour, Charlestown remains a low crime area. There has been a 12% reduction in reported Crime in the area (9 crimes), which is a greater reduction than the 3% seen across Cornwall. There has also been a significant reduction (-53%) in the number of reported Anti-Social Behaviour incidents in the area.

Police Inspector Edward Gard said: “I am pleased to see that the number of reported Anti-Social Behaviour incidents have reduced for Charlestown and will continue to review this and act accordingly.

To reassure residents, the Safer St Austell partnership has provided residents with clear information on who to report concerns to and the correct contact numbers, to encourage the reporting of incidents.

Councillor Tom French said: “We understand there have been difficulties with reporting to agencies and we want to make available to the community the many ways residents are able to contact services to report incidents and concerns. Reporting ensures the right agencies are informed and we are getting the correct response needed.

Partnership officers have met with residents to let them know that additional visits have been made by the Police Licensing Officer to all licensed premises across Charlestown to highlight the issues raised and ensure all License Conditions are being met, which has been the case. License Holders have also been asked to make sure that they share information with other licensed premise in the town when an individual is barred, so that any emerging problems are dealt with  promptly and collectively.

The Licensed premises are also supporting each other by providing information on changes they are making to reduce the impact of noise nuisance after their premises close, and bringing forward closing hours where possible. Premises also continue to have CCTV and security staff available where required and attend St Austell Pubwatch, which is a license holders meeting held to encourage sharing of best practice and issues. There has been a Licensing Review conducted by Cornwall Council for one licensed premise requested by the Parish Council which was completed in November.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods said: “It is important that we continue to work together in addressing local concerns and issues. I encourage all residents to report to the correct agency who can investigate and take action appropriately.”

The local Police Neighbourhood Team has also been involved with visits and continue to review any incidents thoroughly. Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer (ASB) continues to review ASB incidents and action warnings where evidence is available to enforce.

Simon Mould, Head of Communities Service, Cornwall Council said: “We continue to ensure resident concerns are listened to and acted on, by working together we can have a positive impact on communities and provide reassurance to residents by providing clear reporting routes.

Advice for residents and businesses:

  • Neighbour noise (e.g. loud music, barking dogs) can constitute a statutory nuisance

if this causes an unreasonable interference to the use and enjoyment of your home. Visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/noise for further details, including how to make a complaint to the Cornwall Council’s Community Protection team. Telephone 0300 1234 212 Email publicprotection@cornwall.gov.uk

  • To find out more about alcohol and entertainment licences or report a licensing complaint please visit: Online cornwall.gov.uk Email licensing@cornwall.gov.uk
  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Safer St Austell is affiliated to Safer Cornwall the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall and provides a local multi-agency co-ordinated response to the issues that are identified by the partnership and the communities of St Austell. The partnership works to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
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The newly convened South West Peninsula Road Safety Partnership undertakes a ‘Day of Action’ on the A38.

February 25th, 2020 by
On the 14th January 2020 a pro-active multi-agency ‘Day of Action’ took place on the A38, designed to enhance the safety of Cornwall’s residents and visitors travelling on the A38 corridor in East Cornwall. The selection of this route targeted one of Highways England’s worst performing routes from Bodmin to Saltash, with the number of people killed or seriously injured on some sections being nearly 3.5 times the national average for those killed or seriously injured. The Operation contained several dimensions in order to target as many users of this network as possible.

Alliance Operations Roads Policing Officers provided a high impact, high profile enforcement initiative focussing on the ‘Fatal Five’ (inappropriate or excessive speed, not wearing a seatbelt, driver distractions including using mobile phones, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and careless or inconsiderate driving), working alongside the Alliance Armed Response Team, Local Policing staff, Safety Camera Partnership, Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Road Fuels (HMRC).

Despite the poor weather the team achieved some fantastic results as detailed below:

·        8 drivers dealt with at the roadside for no insurance or MOT

·        2 number plate offences

·        2 lighting offences

·        1 mobile phone offence

·        1 window tint offence

·        1 illegal tyre offence

·        1 vehicle excess weight offence

·        29 excess speed offences (combination of Safety Camera Partnership and officers on patrol)

·        12 vehicles clamped and a further 6 warning notices issued for no tax

·        11 prohibitions and 4 advisory notices issued by DVSA for vehicle defects

By way of comparison, the Safety Camera Partnership had 200 activations the day before the operation and 150 the day after, on the day of action itself only having 27.   It was acknowledged that the weather was likely to be a factor in slowing people down and that drivers were also reacting to the volume of police presence on the road.

The enforcement initiative was supported by a range of educational engagement activities that took place at a local supermarket in Liskeard, which saw resources from a variety of key road safety partners such as, Cornwall Council/Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon & Cornwall Police, Highways England and Safe38 in attendance to promote knowledge of safe and appropriate speeds, Operation Snap, Operation Close Pass and Driving for Better Business, where various liveried vehicles were also on display. This opportunity facilitated proactive discussions with members of the public that proved productive in delivering wider confidence with what we were aiming to achieve.  Some concerns were also alleviated on the day through being able to connect with the right officers to explain and describe in detail, what plans are progressing to tackle road safety. 61 people were engaged in active conversations with the education team about rural road safety, where various road safety advice leaflets were provided for those people to take away. These conversations and engagements concluded with a short knowledge check via survey, which revealed the following results:

·        95% of people were more likely to reduce their speed on rural roads

·        93% of people were more aware of the importance of braking before the bend and not on it (a 1% increase on awareness prior to the engagement)

·        72% of people were aware that the national speed limit on a single carriageway road is 60mph unless indicated otherwise (28% were not aware of this prior to the engagement)

A range of road safety proposals have been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport to lobby for funding support through the next Roads Investment Strategy 2020-2025.  Education and enforcement provides a key supporting role to encourage road user respect and compliance but investment is essential to address the safety issues along this route. We are looking to Government to make a favourable announcement so that these critical improvements can progress.

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Strength, Resilience and Happiness

February 24th, 2020 by

That first flash of a firesteel and the cotton wool becomes fire is always a magical moment for anyone attempting to master fire lighting. The Youth Offending Service and Youth & Missing officer from D&C police have been running woodland day courses in the St Austell area for a few years now.

Taking young people in to the outdoors is nothing new. We all understand the benefits of getting outdoors and away from issues in the home, work and school. Working with a selection of Young people with different backgrounds, the team have given young people the chance to step out of hectic lives and enjoy the outdoors. Build survival shelters, light fires, and cook their own healthy food over an open fire. Through these skill, we are able to get down to some serious talking around youth issue, substance abuse, Missing episodes and Online safety. Somehow, these subjects are easily discussed around the fire with a mug of stew and easy company. Discussing how young people can keep themselves safe, come up with strategies to deal with stressful situations around Domestic Violence and alternatives to running away and going missing.

The outdoors simply works! Not enough time is spent in the outdoors for all of us and for some of our young people, a woodland day may be their first.

Let’s keep using nature to build strength, resilience and happiness in our future generations.

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Learn 2 Live Initiative Seeks New Speakers

February 12th, 2020 by

Learn 2 Live is a powerful, thought provoking initiative, designed to target young driver and passenger casualties in Cornwall. Since it started in Cornwall six years ago, thousands of young and pre-drivers have attended Learn 2 Live.

Learn 2 Live 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.

These accounts are then followed by a volunteer family member who has lost a loved one in a road traffic collision telling their story of the circumstances of their loss and the devastating affect that this has had on their life.

Tamsin Ferris, Road Safety Officer, says: “Through Learn 2 Live, young drivers and passengers witness how a collision occurs, the devastation that follows, and how the lives of all the professionals, and in particular family members, are affected. This highly impactful programme helps young drivers to think about the facts, consequences, and what they can do in order to avoid being involved in a road traffic collision.”

The Learn 2 Live program relies on volunteer speakers who have been involved in attending road traffic collisions, sharing their personal experiences with students; the Prevention, Protection and Road Safety Team are seeking new speakers to ensure the programme’s future. If you are interested in becoming involved in Learn 2 Live, please contact Paula Wellings, Casualty Reduction Manager on 07891 840493 or email pwellings@cornwall.gov.uk.

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keeping drugs out of schools

February 6th, 2020 by

Schools around the county have been engaging with the Youth and Missing Officers and the K9 division for some time now when it comes to keeping drugs out of schools.

Both Treviglas and Fowey are no exception! Both schools welcomed the Police teams in to schools to carry out a spot check on whether drugs had infiltrated the school and the answer was,… No!

No surprises there because of the extensive joint work previously carried out educating and supporting students around this subject.

This school lead operation will continue to happen throughout the county as it really does send a clear message, “ Drugs and education do not mix”

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Stop talking about ‘wine o’clock

January 20th, 2020 by

Holly Whitaker on how women can stop drinking – and get happy

When Holly Whitaker looks back on the many nights that would disappear in a boozy haze, it wasn’t the anxiety and regret that made her realise she needed to get help for her drinking, but sheer exhaustion. “When I binged, I would close my eyes while I did it,” she says. “I was trying to not see how horrific it was. I would go through this process of scrubbing it away, then presenting myself to the world and pretending that nothing was wrong. Then I had this moment when I couldn’t not see it.”

Whitaker, now 40, details her own path to recovery in Quit Like a Woman, which is part examination of how patriarchy drives women to drink and part practical guide on how to tackle addiction. She credits Allen Carr’s manual The Easy Way to Control Alcohol with helping her break free aged 33, as well as therapy and meditation. Breathing exercises, using mantras, not drinking caffeine after noon, and getting at least seven hours of sleep are just some of the tips she recommends.

Rather than demanding that addicts go cold turkey and chastising them for slipping up, Tempest regards any lapses as part of the process. AA has been described as expecting total abstinence from its members, which Whitaker claims “creates too high a bar” and people end up feeling “helpless” and “defeated” if they fail to achieve this. A “stop doing it” approach, Whitaker believes, is “masculine-centric” and implies that if you do slip up “you are kind of stupid”. “In our model, it is about being trusted to make your own mistakes and to learn from them.” One thing is clear: women are drinking more than ever. British women were found to drink an average of three drinks (defined as 10g of alcohol) a day in a 2018 survey and were ranked eighth in the world for high levels of drinking.

Read the full story here.

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Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27th January

January 20th, 2020 by

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which have followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the theme for HMD 2020 reflects on how people have stood together in order to stop division and the spread of hatred in our society.

With this key anniversary in mind we the Diverse Communities Team (DCT) from Devon and Cornwall Police have been working with the Canon at Truro cathedral (Canon Alan Bashforth) and other key members of the HMD 2020 planning team and we have now secured the attendance of art work by Albert REUSS (1889-1975) via the kind involvement of Newlyn Art gallery which hold this work.

Albert REUSS was a Jewish painter and sculpture born in Vienna who came to England in 1938 following Hitler’s annexation of Austria. REUSS lost many members of his family as well as his possessions and the reputation he had built up as an artist. He continued to work in England but his style changed dramatically reflecting the trauma he had suffered. The works of REUSS are expected to attract art lovers and those interested in his story and will be an integral part of the HMD 2020 display and event.

In addition to the works of REUSS the DCT will have display in place detailing some of the history of the Holocaust and real life stories from survivors of subsequent genocides. REUSS work and the DCT display will be in place from 20th January until 3rd February.

On HMD itself (27th January 2020) support groups and agencies have been invited to take part in order to represent their communities and to educate visitors on how their communities were effected during the holocaust and other genocides and how hostility and prejudice still exists today and the need for us all to “stand together” against hate.

The plan for the event at Truro Cathedral  for HMD on Monday 27th January 2020 is as follows:

  • 13:00 hours: The candle lighting ceremony in remembrance. On completion visitors can continue to view the stands and the artwork and this will be an engagement opportunity for stall holders.
  • 17:30 hours Evensong service.
  • 18:15 hours view art work.
  • 19:30 hours a discussion about Albert REUSS life story by experts in this field.

Please come along and help us remember those effected and show that we all “stand together” against hate.

To read more about Holocaust Memorial Day please go to their website click the Banner below

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