Blue Light Day 2019

August 23rd, 2019 by

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their carers in Cornwall were invited to learn how the emergency services in Cornwall work and have a fun day out at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day which took place on Wednesday 3 July.

The event, which was held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, ran from 10am until 3pm and was free to attend.

Now in its 12th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Emergency service vehicles including police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue teams, 4×4 response teams and many more were on show for everyone to explore.

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service attended the event with one its fire engines for people to look around, along with demonstrations from Archie and Woody the fire dogs.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “As well as being really good fun for everyone involved, Blue Light Day offers an important service to those members of our communities who might be less familiar and sure about the work of the emergency services in Cornwall.”

In the middle of the day there was a demonstration to show how all the emergency services respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty was rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver was removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There was commentary of the drill with everything explained as it happened.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said: “Having been at last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend.

“Being familiar with what the emergency services do and their vehicles might at some point, if someone was involved in some sort of emergency, give them some much needed reassurance and familiarity.

“It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

Other highlights of the day included performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There was also information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is organised by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance service and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism.

This event supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults here in Cornwall.

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What3Words

August 23rd, 2019 by

What3Words is mapping tool that is currently being used by emergency services, humanitarian organisations and businesses worldwide. The app and website are able to locate any individual 3metrex3metre square in the world and have assigned said square with an individual and unique 3 word address.

With the geographical area we live and work ink this app could speed up how quickly help arrives when it’s needed most and make the difference between life and death.

Please download it now: http://bit.ly/2TqBqcN

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New animations to prevent hate crime

August 2nd, 2019 by

Police Officers PC Kevin Silver and Sgt Jules Jamaa Ben M’Hand working within the Diverse Communities Team in Cornwall have been working with students at Falmouth University to produce a series of animations created to promote awareness of hate crime.

The first of the animations were launched on the Devon and Cornwall website and utilised with a social media campaign in support of  Stephen Lawrence Day on 22nd April 2019, Devon & Cornwall Police.

PS Jules Jamaa Ben M’H and from Devon and Cornwall Police said “It was fitting on the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day to showcase the talents of a group of young people studying animation at Falmouth University. This was the first of a series of films that have been made to be published and will be used by police and the wider community, aimed at raising awareness of different types of hate crime and incidents and to encourage the reporting to police”. 

This first short film published  is entitled: “APPLE”, it uses animation to show how a people can be discriminated against because of their race, religion or disability.


 

PC Silver from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “As a force we have a zero tolerance to Hate Crime of any type.  We are continually working with partners and community groups to help educate and raise awareness around this crime with the overall aim to prevent and reduce the number of people being victims.

“The project with students at the Falmouth University has given us some really interesting and new approaches to communicate our message and we are hoping by encouraging people to watch the animation they will have a better understanding and tolerance to people and prevent further incidents. I would like to thank Lecturer Derek Hayes for his massive support in all the work that has been done.

“Anyone who has been a victim of a Hate, should report the incident to the police.”

The APPLE animation is produced by students Jamie Alcantara, Erin Clarke, Naomi Benham, Jack French, Hamish Campbell and Rory Free forms part of a series of animations created by other university students to raise awareness and educate around types of Hate Crime.

A further animation was released to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May and will be used throughout the PRIDE season to continue to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting. It is hoped that this second film will be showcased on the big screen at Cornwall PRIDE on the Saturday 24th August at Newquay.

Incidents of Hate Crime should be reported to the police by either by emailing 101 or calling 101.  Alternatively crimes and incidents can be reported online via the Devon and Cornwall website

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Launceston engagement workshops

July 7th, 2019 by

To gain a local perspective on how effectively partners are tackling key community safety issues on the ground and to discuss areas of concern, Safer Cornwall were invited to host two engagement sessions in Launceston in June – one for young people and one with members of the Launceston Community Network Panel and the wider public.

Community Safety Officer for the area, Lucy Allison, was joined by Safer Cornwall’s Intelligence Manager Erika Sorensen, Community Link Officer Chris Sims and a range of partners including the Police, Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Young People Cornwall, YZUP (young people’s drug and alcohol service), Cornwall Housing, Launceston Youth Project and the Youth Town Council.

The workshops provided an opportunity for partners and local people to talk together about crime and anti-social behaviour and other issues impacting on community safety in Launceston and what Safer Cornwall are already doing through the Partnership Plan. Information gathered in the workshops will be used to improve our understanding of community safety in Cornwall, to identify what more could be done through the Partnership Plan and to understand what additional support might be needed locally.

At the youth workshop young people were asked about their feelings of safety in Launceston.  The majority of young people felt ‘quite safe’ when out in the town during the day, but felt a little less safe after dark because there are less people around and less visibility.  When discussing online safety the young people were very knowledgeable about the risks.

There was an opportunity to talk about crime figures and some of the risks and concerns that might impact on young people, including where to go for more information and help.

We heard that their preferred method of communication is via social media and they were unlikely to read leaflets.  When asked where they would go for help, the majority agreed that they would confide in a trusted adult.  The Safer Cornwall Team and key partners provided useful information on local services that could support the young people in the town.  Overall the young people fed back that events such as this provided them with a voice and they want to be heard!

The second workshop was run with Community Network Panel Members, again to seek their views on community safety issues and how we might tackle them as a partnership.  The workshop was well attended and members fed back valuable local knowledge on the issues that matter to them.

The group discussed local policing, supporting vulnerable people, neighbourhood watch schemes, community cohesion and dealing with adverse social media.  The members identified communication from the Partnership as key to helping people feel informed and connected locally and unlike the young people’s feedback; they preferred a variety of communication methods, including newsletters and parish noticeboards, rather than information being provided only online.

The valuable feedback from both events will now be collated and will help shape the Safer Cornwall Partnership plan for next year.  A big thank you to the young people and community network panel members for their time at the workshop and for an insightful and interesting evening and thanks to The Orchard Centre for hosting the events.

Similar sessions have also been hosted through three of the Safer Towns partnerships – in Penzance, Saltash and Truro.

 

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Newquay Safe issues reminder to parents

July 7th, 2019 by

Newquay Safe is informing parents of young people celebrating the end of their exams that pubs and campsites are not running any under-18s nights in July.

The partnership made up of Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and other agencies has been leading on Operation Exodus which is designed to manage the influx of school leavers arriving in Newquay during the first two weeks of July.

This will be the first year that under-18s events are not running and Newquay Safe says it is because fewer young people are having nights out in the town which now has a quieter evening and night-time economy.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We recognise that post-GCSE students used to be attracted to the town, so our position has been that we have had to responsibly manage them and ensure their safeguarding is treated as a priority.

“Now however, the partnership and businesses within the town’s night-time economy have recognised this change in customer dynamics and have re-focused their operating practices towards people who are over 18.

“Over the past 10 years Newquay has evolved to be a more family-orientated resort with a reduced emphasis on the night-time economy. This positive evolution has resulted in reduced numbers of young people visiting the town, for example after their GCSE exams.”

Newquay Safe is reminding parents and carers of children planning to visit the town to know where their children are staying and give contact details to accommodation providers in case of emergencies.

The partnership reiterates that underage drinking will not be tolerated.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection for Cornwall Council, said: “The partners of Newquay Safe have been working to address concerns to do with young people visiting Newquay following the exam period.

“We encourage accommodation providers to be mindful of their safeguarding responsibilities and support the partnership with raising any concerns.

“Newquay is a family town with outdoor activities, wonderful beaches and green open spaces for all to enjoy.”

Since 2009 the award-winning Newquay Safe Partnership has been helping residents and visitors to the town enjoy the best that Newquay has to offer, by tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

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Blue Light Day 2019

July 1st, 2019 by

Emergency Services gear up for Blue Light Day 2019

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their carers in Cornwall are invited to learn how the emergency services in Cornwall work and have a fun day out at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day taking place on Wednesday 3 July.

The event, which is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, runs from 10am until 3pm and is free to attend.

Now in its 12th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

The best things about Blue Light Day last year….

Emergency service vehicles including police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue teams, 4×4 response teams and many more will be on show for everyone to explore.

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service will be in attendance with one of its fire engines for people to look around, along with demonstrations from Archie and Woody the fire dogs.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said:  “As well as being really good fun for everyone involved, Blue Light Day offers an important service to those members of our communities who might be less familiar and sure about the work of the emergency services in Cornwall.”

In the middle of the day there will be a demonstration to show how all the emergency services would respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty will be rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver will be removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There will be commentary of the drill with everything explained. This drill is carried out by the operational crew from Wadebridge, working alongside the Police and Ambulance services.”

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said:  “Having been at last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend. Being familiar with what the emergency services do and their vehicles might at some point, if someone was involved in some sort of emergency, give them some much needed reassurance and familiarity. It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

Other highlights of the day will include performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There will also be information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is funded by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Office of Police Crime Commissioner and Kernow Clinical Commission Group and is supported by South Western Ambulance service, Safer Cornwall  and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism and many other local charities and organisations.

This event supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults here in Cornwall.

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Criminal Behaviour Order

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On the 30th May 2019, Mr Christopher Knight had a 2 year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) varied at East Cornwall Magistrates Court.

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‘Peer on peer’ child exploitation highlighted as concern in the South West

March 18th, 2019 by

Children across the south west are victims of sexual exploitation.  But while media reports often highlight cases of adult grooming and child abuse, Devon and Cornwall Police say the most likely form of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the south west is perpetrated by other young people.

It’s sometimes referred to as ‘peer on peer’ exploitation, and its victims are young males and young females.

“People may be unaware that CSE can be perpetrated by young people aged 18 or younger, and they themselves may also have been victims of CSE,” says Detective Chief Inspector Alison Lander, Devon & Cornwall Police and Force lead for CSE.

Recent research led by Plymouth’s Safeguarding Children’s Board found little awareness and understanding among young people of peer on peer sexual exploitation.

Their research showed that this form of exploitation in particular was not widely recognised or understood as a crime, which is preventing children from reporting it.

They found that young people are also not reporting sexual exploitation because they worry that doing so would lose them friendships; they’re concerned about how their parents might react; or that they’ll be seen as wasting police time.

Monday 18 March is a national awareness day for highlighting CSE.  Authorities across the South West are using the day to say to children and young people, “If you are put in a situation where you feel pressured sexually, please report it.  It’s OK to tell someone.”

Lisa, (not her real name).

Lisa is 15 years old and lives with her mother.  She began to go missing, leaving the house during the middle of the night to meet peers, and there were concerns about her drinking alcohol during while out.

Her behaviour in school and at home deteriorated with no clear reason.   Her mum found information on Lisa’s phone, indicating that she had become sexually active,  and having unprotected sex.

Lisa said that she’d exchanged indecent images of herself with some of boys at her school.

On occasions that she went missing, Lisa was drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis with her male friends.  She’d had sex with one of the boys while under the influence, and he’d told his friends about it.

Lisa started getting messages from other boys asking her to send pictures of herself in her underwear.  Lisa felt uncomfortable, but said ‘everyone sends nudes’.  And besides, she felt it was nice to have boys be interested in her in that way.

One boy said that he could get some cannabis, and he offered some to Lisa in exchange for sex.  She’s thought he was joking, but the boy repeated it a few times and on a later occasion with him, she went along with what he asked.

Regional Head of Service for the NSPCC, Sharon Copsey, says:  “Having early conversations about healthy relationships and consent is vital to tackling child sexual exploitation before it starts. We know that young people don’t always understand that what’s happening to them is abuse.”

Detective Chief Inspector Alison Lander, said: “Many young people who are being exploited do not realise they are at risk and will not ask for help.  Some may see themselves as willing participants in such abuse, not realising that what is happening to them is illegal.  It’s a difficult message to convey to young people, but it’s really important that they are aware of risk and how to avoid it.  Crucially they need to know how to report it, and to have confidence to do so.

“The public can really help us detect and prevent CSE among young people by knowing the signs and reporting any concerns they have.

“It’s not just parents, or teachers and carers who can help spot the signs of CSE.  Anyone working in a service industry, such as taxi drivers and hotel workers, shop keepers; anyone who may be able to spot vulnerable young people who may be at risk of exploitation or in an exploitative relationship – can also help to spot the signs and to report any concerns.”

Andy Bickley, Independent Chair of Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board, said: “We are committed to working with local organisations to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation and CSE Day is the ideal opportunity to help improve awareness.

“This latest research shows that it isn’t just adults that exploit children and young people, it can also be their peers, so it’s really important that we make sure our young people know what the dangers are, and also what support is available.”

Schools across the South West and services that work with young people are actively raising awareness of CSE among young people.  Parents and guardians are being encouraged to do the same at home.

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