Safeguarding

Working with Local Stakeholders to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

An estimated 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused. In this video, Barnardos break down safeguarding systems to highlight the complexities of exploitation and how systems can seem overwhelming for young people. Building upon this, they address the importance of working together to meet children’s needs and improve services.

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Co-producing Volunteer Safeguarding Procedures with Service Users

Increasingly UK charities are facing the need to manage and escalate numerous safeguarding concerns for both staff and service users. In this video, Touchstone share the importance of co-producing safeguarding procedures with service users to ensure all resources are accessible and that the procedures meet any needs they have.

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Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

2.4 million adults were recorded as victims of domestic abuse in the year ending 2022. In this video, Carrie Bower, the Safeguarding Manager and Domestic Abuse Lead at AgeUK discusses the lack of awareness in society regarding domestic abuse in later life and how a greater understanding can better safeguard older victims of domestic abuse.

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Government Update: The Fraud Strategy

Fraud is one of the most common crimes in England and Wales, with cases accounting for more than 40% of all crimes reported. This government update outlines some of the key points in the Fraud Strategy which aims to reduce the number of cases by 10% on 2019 levels before the beginning of 2025.

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Outlining the Long-term Effects of Image-based Abuse and its Impact on Victim’s Lives

Between 2020 and 2022, over 60,000 pieces of sexual content were reported to the Revenge Porn Helpline. In this video Folami Prehaye, Founder of Victims of Image Based Crime shares her own experiences of image based abuse and highlights both long and short term impacts on victims to illustrate how organisations can provide trauma-informed support.

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Single Homeless Project: Overcoming Barriers to Supporting Survivors Experiencing Domestic Abuse and Homelessness

Domestic abuse both causes and perpetuates homelessness for women. In this video, Lucy Campbell, Head of Multiple Disadvantage at Single Homeless Project, discusses the intersection of domestic abuse with women’s homelessness and other forms of multiple disadvantage experienced by women. She shares research backed strategies for a ‘whole person’ response over siloed commissioning, aiming to counteract women’s experiences of judgement and blame with strength-based approaches.

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The Latest Recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

500,000 children are estimated to experience child sexual abuse every year, but only 2,600 children are on a child protection plan due to child sexual abuse. In this video, Robbie Kent, Deputy Secretary and Director of Research, Analytics and Policy, and Lucy Duckworth, a Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel member, discuss The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, outlining its objectives, findings, and recommendations for protecting children from sexual abuse.

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Working in Partnership to Support Vulnerable Households in the Cost of Living Crisis

There were 208 fire-related fatalities in dwellings fires between 2021 and 2022. In this video, Steve Fisher and Carol Frances, are Local Risk Crew Managers at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue discuss common fire risks for vulnerable tenants and how referrals to fire services for safety visits can prevent these.

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Merseyside Police and Hate Crime Against Sex Workers: Increasing Victims’ Confidence to Speak Out

Sex workers have long been victims of social polarisation, underpinned by a confusion around the criminal offence of sex work. In a 2016 study involving 240 sex workers in the UK, 49% said they were “unconfident” that the police would take their reports of violence seriously. In this video, DCI Cheryl Rhodes explains how Merseyside Police has expanded the local definition of hate crime to include sex work, and the steps they have taken to coordinate services for victims of sexual violence within the sex work industry.

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The Cybercrime Awareness Clinic: Lessons in Training Individuals within the Organisation to Become More Cyber-Aware 

Between 2021 and 2022, 39% of UK businesses identified cyber attacks on their businesses, according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022. Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, a Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity at the University of Portsmouth discusses the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic they have in place at the university to support stakeholders and businesses, educating them on the challenges of cybercrime.

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Changing the Culture to Combat Harassment in Higher Education

In 2021, full time students were more likely to experience sexual harassment than any other occupation type. Sarah Bevan is Policy Advisor for Universities UK, she discusses the impacts of sexual and racial harassment at university, on both the student and their studies, highlighting the need for a culture change to improve support for those who have experienced harassment.

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Preventing Child Exploitation Through Multi-Agency Working

There were 10,140 instances of Child Exploitation recorded as a factor at the end of a children’s social care assessment. Suzanne Taylor, Assistant Director of Impact, Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation at Barnardo’s discusses the links between Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation, highlighting the importance of multi-agency working to combat these harms.

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