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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Time Credits reach 1 million milestone

February 28th, 2020 by

Tempo have reached a huge milestone in the history of Time Credits.

 

1 million Time Credits have been earned in the last 12 years and since April 2018 Cornwall have earned 20,000… That equates to 20,000 hours of time given to their local community by volunteers in Cornwall!

Tempo’s mission is to use Time Credits to engage people in communities and to help shape local services and improve health and wellbeing for all. Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of partners are helping them to achieve this mission, and by reaching this latest milestone, they are one step closer to their 2023 objectives: to involve a quarter of a million people in their communities, and to enable 2.5 million hours to be earned and spent.

Time Credits are designed to take volunteers or services users on a journey, from the moment they first participate, through to becoming an active member of their community. Cornwall has almost 1,000 volunteers earning Time Credits which they can spend with over 50 different spend partners including Eden Project, Plymouth Argyle, Carn to Cove Theatre Group and the new Cinema in Bodmin.

Time Credits provide organisations with an innovative way to attract and retain volunteers, drive engagement in services and maximise community participation. This year we’re looking to bring even more partners on board so if you would like to be involved please contact Celia Davis at celiadavis@wearetempo.org

 

 

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Raising Awareness on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence 2020

February 28th, 2020 by

Safer Cornwall supported Sexual Abuse Sexual Violence Awareness WK 2020 with a conference focusing on the impact of SASV on Children and Young People and a substantial social media campaign promoting the #ItsNotOK movement.

The conference was sold out, with 150 attendees from Health, Education, Local Authority and Voluntary sectors and received great feedback:

“Thank you for a fab morning”
“Thank you for an informative and emotive conference”
“Great conference, great awareness shared”
“I enjoyed the whole conference and have gained a wealth of knowledge that I can use in my role and share with my colleagues”
“hard hitting and informative about the stance and position the Police are taking to address this issue.”

In addition to the conference, we also delivered a substantial social media campaign, featuring information in relation to sexual violence and sexual abuse  and its impact on young people and children and guidance on how to access support in Cios.

The campaign was very successful, reaching over 20,000 people, featuring videos with content from multiple partner agencies and professionals bravely sharing their personal experience of sexual violence and sexual abuse to raise awareness and break the silence!

 

 

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RECONNECT at Westminster

February 28th, 2020 by

Barnardo’s have been working on a Domestic Abuse report based on evidence from their services about the impact domestic abuse has on children – particularly developing mental health issues, harmful sexual behaviour, being in an abusive intimate relationships, and youth offending.

RECONNECT, one of the programmes commissioned through Safer Cornwall, played a vital role in contributing to the report and ensured the voices of the children and young people who live in Cornwall were heard.  They have long been calling for the Domestic Abuse Bill to fully reflect children’s experience of domestic abuse and their vital need for support and Barnardo’s report supports these calls.

Staff from Barnardo’s launched the report at a parliamentary roundtable on Tuesday 25th February in the House of Lords.  They discussed the findings and the upcoming opportunity the Domestic Abuse Bill provides to improve support for children affected by domestic abuse.

Sarah Milnes from Barnardo’s said: “There were some real strengths at the meeting, including the content of the speeches and the diversity of people in the room – representing government, parliament and the voluntary sector. There was also significant praise for Barnardo’s which is a tribute to the quality of the report and the influencing we’ve been doing in recent months.”

 

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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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Working towards a multi-skilled workforce

January 30th, 2020 by

From the beginning of April 2019 Safer Cornwall have delivered 9 different training courses to up-skill staff in our partner agencies.

 

To date these 9 courses have led to 956 staff being trained in specific areas such as Basic Drug Awareness and Motivational Interviewing. These courses aim to train staff across our partner agencies to support people living with substance use and/or domestic abuse.

The picture below shows the number of courses run and the number of people trained in each course.

 

 

 

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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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What will your drink cost this Christmas

December 16th, 2019 by

Who will you spend Christmas with? A Paramedic, a Firefighter or even a Police Officer?

This festive season, as many of us drink more than intended, and we’re urging you to think about how and who you could spend Christmas with.

The Safer Cornwall partnership festive safe drinking campaign “What Will Your Drink Cost?” is asking anyone out enjoying festivities over the coming weeks to drink sensibly while enjoying Cornwall and Christmas.

The campaign not only ask you to think how your evening might end and what the impact could be, but also how to drink sensibly busting some common drinking myths!

Raph is a specialist paramedic who explains why sticking to one type of alcohol doesn’t mean you can drink more.

Other myths include:

  • Having a tactical chunder doesn’t get rid of the effects of alcohol – as the alcohol will already be absorbed into your blood, and you could end up very drunk and needing to go to hopsital
  • Drinking coffee doesn’t sober you up, and it’s not a way to help you drive home. The coffee just masks the effect by making you feel less tired
  • Having a large meal before you go out doesn’t give you the ability to drink more, it just makes the alcohol hang around longer in your system and you could end up drinking too much and getting yourself more drunk
  • If you’ve had more than a couple the night before, you won’t be okay to drive the next morning, as it could take over 12 hours for the alcohol to leave your body and be safe to drive. You could end up losing your licence
  • Taking paracetamol before bed doesn’t help your hangover, it’s really bad for your kidneys and the effect wears off while you’re asleep. You’re better off taking them in the morning when you wake up.

Drinking too much can impact on our already stretched services such as the NHS and Police force. Those services will be more than happy to help if you really need it, but they don’t really want to spend time with you because you’ve had too much to drink.

Drinking more than normal can bring on a false sense of confidence. This can lead to bad choices or decisions, such as drink driving or getting into arguments and fights. In a few cases, this can lead to people ending up in hospital, losing their drivers licence, getting fined, being arrested, or having accidents which put themselves or other people in danger.

The Council and its partners hope everyone enjoys the festive season, go out and have fun but please drink sensibly, and to plan how you’ll get home safely.

We don’t want to be the Christmas Grinch and say that you shouldn’t drink at all, because we know that for most of us that’s not going to happen! What we’re asking is that people go out and have fun in a way that doesn’t impact on others, or potentially affect their own future.

Here’s Jez Bayes, our Alcohol Strategy Lead giving us some top tips to enjoy Cornwall and drink sensibly this festive season:

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water
  • Keep an eye on your drink when out, and don’t get to the point where you wouldn’t notice if someone spiked you
  • Plan how you will get home – book a taxi in advance, organise a lift, or have a designated driver in your group
  • Don’t attempt to reason with people who have drunk too much

 

 

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Santa’s top safety tips

December 16th, 2019 by

OPSS has partnered with Santa, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Netmums, and the Child Accident Prevention Trust to warn against second rate toys.

We have produced 12 safety tips for people to use when buying for children:

  1. Look for the CE symbol: This means the manufacturer has assessed the toy for safety. Find the symbol on the label or box.
  2. Check it’s for kids: Festive novelties can look like toys. Keep them away from kids.
  3. Reputation matters: Check the suppliers who have a good reputation for safe and reliable toys. They’ll have good safety standards and refund policies.
  4. Button battery safety: Christmas toys may have button batteries – which can prove lethal if ingested. Check they are screwed in safely before giving to a child.
  5. Check age restrictions: Toys must be clearly marked with age restrictions, which assess risks such as choking hazards. Always follow the age recommendations.
  6. Consider special needs: Remember that children with special needs might be more vulnerable, and make sure to shop accordingly.
  7. Choking hazards: Avoid toys with small parts or loose fabric – they can be a choking hazard.
  8. Loose parts: Loose ribbons on toys and costumes can be dangerous. Think before you buy.
  9. Inspect toy boxes: Wear and tear can make a toy unsafe. Check your children’s toys and get them repaired if necessary.
  10. Supervise when you need to: Some toys need an adult on hand during playtime. Read all the instructions so you can keep things under control.
  11. Tidy up: Boxes, plastic bags and wire can be a hazard. Clear away all packaging once everything’s unwrapped.
  12. Celebrate a safe Christmas: Completing these checks can save you a lot of stress later. Remember to get batteries (and dispose of these safely too)!

 

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Delivering safe spaces and safe workplaces – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

December 12th, 2019 by

Safer Cornwall, supported by Safer Futures, promoted the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, by delivering a local workplace focused initiative; encouraging employers and local businesses to provide a safe space in the community for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, in addition to creating a supportive and safe work place for staff.

The initiative was launched on 25th November in Truro Cathedral by Kate Kennally, Jim Pearce (CIOS Police Commander and Safer Cornwall Chair) and Lyn Gooding (CEO, First Light).

Safer Cornwall hosted walkabouts across all of the 10 Safer Towns and asked businesses to pledge their support, by advertising themselves as safe spaces to the public; using posters and merchandise with contact information for Safer Futures and also downloading our new Cornwall Council model DASV Employment Policy Template to provide information, safety and support to their staff.

Overall, the campaign engaged with 188 businesses during the Safer town walkabouts who all signed the pledge to protect customers and staff by providing a Safe Space. Of these businesses 123 have requested further training to develop their skills and knowledge of domestic abuse. The campaign was featured on Heart FM and Liskeard Radio and has had substantial public engagement through the team’s social media coverage which has reached over 41,000 people and the campaign videos have had over 11,000 views.

The campaign has had great support across all partnership agencies and the wider public, and will serve as a great foundation for all future campaigns, including Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 3rd February 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020; watch this space.

 

 

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