NYSCP throughout the year will be running and supporting various safeguarding campaigns.
Hidden Harm Campaign – #TellUsYourConcerns
People across the County are being urged to be vigilant to the harm endured by children and young people during lockdown and to report any concerns they might have. The lockdown has meant hundreds of people are in their homes around the clock – but this doesn’t mean they are out of harm’s way.
North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership are asking members of the public to remember safeguarding is everyone’s business and to report any safeguarding concerns they have about children and young people.
The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown places increased importance on people within the community to ensure that they are alert to safeguarding risks and take appropriate action by reporting any concerns they may have, vigilance against harm endured at home is essential.
In response to a set of unprecedented circumstances, key workers in all areas have adapted how they work and continue to do so.
However, some children and young people are not seeing teachers and school staff every day and may not have the face-to-face interaction with healthcare professionals, social workers or support structures they may have normally.
During the pandemic, the pressures of social isolation have increased the potential of harm to children and young people, relating to mental health, exploitation, which includes online activity and other forms of abuse and harm.
The circumstances of the pandemic can put added pressure on families too, which is why it’s essential to ensure the right support is in place and that children and young people are safeguarded.
That’s why across the whole of North Yorkshire communities are being urged to be vigilant and #TellUsYourConcerns.
Please contact us at North Yorkshire Customer Service Centre on 01609 780780. However, if you believe a child or young person is at immediate risk please contact the Police.
Stuart Carlton, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Service, said: “Even though people are in their homes more than ever before, it doesn’t mean they are out of harm’s way.
“Children and young people across North Yorkshire could find themselves in harmful situations compounded by the lockdown.
“And because they aren’t going to school, seeing friends or interacting with professionals it may be harder to pick up on.
“That’s why we are urging you, the public, to be on the lookout for anything you think is concerning and report it straight away.
“Share your concerns.”
You can support the campaign following NYSCP (@NYSCP1) on Twitter to share posts on your accounts as well as helping us to get messages out across your networks. Mobilise colleagues by sharing messages and asking them to join you in supporting the Hidden Harm Campaign.
-Worried about a child? #TellUsYourConcerns
-By working together, services can take steps to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Worried about a child? Don’t keep quiet, #TellUsYourConcerns
-At home shouldn’t mean you are at risk #TellUsYourConcerns
-Don’t suffer in silence, #TellUsYourConcerns
-Not all suffering can be seen. If you are worried about a child #TellUsYourConcerns
-Worried about a child? Seen something? Say something! #TellUsYourConcerns
-Want to know how to keep yourself safe online, visit our stay and safe online page: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/ children-young-people/staying-safe-online/ #TellUsYourConcerns or contact MAST on 01609 780780
-For tips, advice, guides and resources to keep your child safe online visit: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/parents-carers/online-safety. If your worried #TellUsYourConcerns or contact MAST on 01609 780780
-Professionals, do you want to know more about Prevent and the North Yorkshire Channel Panel, visit: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/NY-Channel-Leaflet-for-professionals-2020.pdf
-Let’s Talk about it, is an initiative designed to provide help and guidance to educate against hate, for more information visit: https://educateagainsthate.com/resources/lets-talk/ #letstalkaboutit #TellUsYourConcerns
-For information on County Lines and Cuckooing please see our OMG: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/County-Lines-and-Cuckooing-OMG-2020-06-15.pdf. If your worried about a child #TellUsYourConcerns on 01609 780780
-Young People’s mental health matters, if you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset. You can find help and support from our website: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/children-young-people/mental-health-2/ or #TellUsYourConcerns on 01609 780780
Resources for schools available on https://cyps.northyorks.gov.uk/covid-19-working-towards-wider-re-opening-schools including:
– Child Protection Policy Addendum
– Assessment guidance for Schools – Includes section on health and wellbeing
– Transition document for web – includes section on pupil wellbeing
– Curriculum Guidance and Support for Primary Schools and Settings – Include wellbeing section
– Early Help Strategy and Ladder of Intervention
– NYCC Safeguarding COVID-19 School Presentation
– COVID-19 Advice for Schools: Transition and Back to School (NYCC Educational Psychology Service)
– DfE Guidance Planning Guide for Primary Schools
Addendum to Safer Working Practice Guidance in Education Settings (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Guidance-For-Safer-Working-Practice-COVID-addendum-April-2020.pdf)
PowerPoint for Schools on Hidden Harm
Hidden Harm Campaign Schools Conference Video
Children and Young People’s Section on NYSCP Website (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/children-young-people/do-you-need-some-help) includes Help, Exploitation, Mental Health, Online Safety, Info on Abuse
CEOP Think u Know (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk)
Internet Watch Foundation (https://www.iwf.org.uk)
Net Aware (https://www.net-aware.org.uk)
Safer Internet Centre (https://www.saferinternet.org.uk)
Parent Info Section of website (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/coronavirus)
Online Safety for Parent Page (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/parents-carers/online-safety)
Where to go for help Page (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/parents-carers/where-to-go-for-help-support)
One Minute Guides (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/one-minute-guides)
Practice Guidance (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/practice-guidance)
Resources for Schools (https://cyps.northyorks.gov.uk/covid-19-working-towards-wider-re-opening-schools)
Covid-19 page (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/coronavirus)
Private Fostering Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm5hZLLQ62I)
Worried about a child page (https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/about-us/worried-about-a-child)
Hidden Harm Online
Partnership Information Sharing Form Campaign: July 2020
The Partnership Information Sharing Form (click here to access the form) gives professionals a safe and direct way to share information with North Yorkshire Police. Information shared on the form could include a variety of points, such as:
· Information about a concerning incident
· Suspicious activity
· An unusual exchange between two or more people
· Something that makes a professional uncomfortable
North Yorkshire Police (NYP), North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP), North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership (NYCSP), City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP), and Safer York Partnership (SYP) are running a campaign between Monday 6th – Friday 10th July 2020 to raise the profile and awareness of the Partnership Information Sharing Form alongside supporting guidance to support frontline professionals in using the form more widely as part of their practice.
Across North Yorkshire and the City of York the form provides valuable information to North Yorkshire Police which otherwise may not be known. It is key in building a picture of the contextual safeguarding needs within a community, for example providing information such as hotspots and locations where anti-social behaviour or child exploitation may be taking place.
The form however, is not widely well known or consistently embedded within professional’s practice. We would therefore like your support in raising awareness of the purposes and value in using the form to share information with North Yorkshire Police.
– Post Partnership Information Sharing Form content on your social media accounts (suggested content overleaf)
– Follow NYSCP (@NYSCP1), CYSCP (@YorkSCP), SYP (@SaferYork) on Twitter to share Partnership Information Sharing Form posts on your accounts and get messages out across your networks
– Mobilise colleagues by sharing messages and asking them to join you in supporting the Partnership Information Sharing Form Campaigns
For more information about the campaign in North Yorkshire to discuss in more detail how you and your organisation can get involved, please contact NYSCP (firstname.lastname@example.org) or NYCSP (email@example.com). In York for further information please contact CYSCP (CYSCP@york.gov.uk) or SYP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you in anticipation of your support for Partnership Information Sharing Form Campaign.
Look out for our posts on the NYSCP Twitter, CYSCP Twitter, SYP Twitter feed and re-tweet them to your followers. In addition, feel free to use the below pre-populated messages along with the 5 Social Media Graphic (see Resources to Download section) of what the Partnership Information Sharing Form is to tweet from your organisation’s social media accounts. We encourage you to tweet twice a day, repeating messages throughout the week of the campaign:
Twitter Messages with North Yorkshire Links:
Sharing information with the police is critical in safeguarding communities. Use the Partnership Information Sharing Form: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
However minor or trivial the information you have may seem, it could help provide a clearer picture of local issues and wider community related problems. Use the Partnership Information Sharing to share this with the police: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
Have the bigger picture in mind. Are there locations in a child’s community outside of their home which are a worry? A park, a building, a street, a shop front, a car? Pass this info on via the Partnership Information Sharing Form: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
Unsure on what the Partnership Information Sharing Form Is? View our One Minute Guide on Intelligence Sharing for further information: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NYSCP-NYCSP-Intel-sharing-OMG-2020-06-15.pdf #DontIgnoreItShareIt
When submitting information to the police, your identify is protected. Share information with the police via the Partnership Information Sharing Form: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
Creating safe spaces for children growing up in their community is crucial. Using the Partnership Information Sharing Form to pass info to the police helps to disrupt those who wish to commit harm. Download the form here: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
Don’t assume someone else will see or hear what you have and share this information. Take responsibility and use the Partnership Information Sharing Form: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
Think #ContextualSafeguarding. Harm against children such as Child Exploitation is often posed outside of the family home. Public & online spaces need to be safe. Share concerns you have via the Partnership Information Sharing Form: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #DontIgnoreItShareIt
“Let’s Talk About It”: Prevent online radicalisation during Covid-19 lockdown
Alongside North Yorkshire Police and our community safety partners we are supporting a campaign to tackle the threat of online radicalisation during the coronavirus emergency.
Co-ordinated by Prevent and with a focus on its “Let’s Talk About It” website https://www.ltai.info/, it is aimed at young and vulnerable people who could be at risk of being groomed by extremist individuals and groups online.
As with crimes such as fraud, child abuse and child sexual exploitation, the closure of schools and colleges has increased the chances of young people falling victim to online radicalisation while following the current social distancing and self-isolation rules.
Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, Head of Safeguarding at North Yorkshire Police, said: “During the coronavirus pandemic when we are all becoming more reliant on communicating online, it is essential to be aware of the dangers of online radicalisation and where professional help and support can be readily accessed.
“While such cases are rare, it is still important for parents, carers and young people themselves to be aware of the negative influencers and groomers who use the internet, social media and online gaming to spread extreme ideas.
“Some of these ideas may be considered radical or extreme, and when a person starts to support or be involved in them, this is called radicalisation which is a very serious matter for the police.”
If you are worried about a friend, relative or even yourself, please go to the Prevent “Let’s Talk About It” website https://www.ltai.info/.
If you have an immediate concern that you need to share with a trained professional who will treat your enquiry with understanding and discretion, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101.
Follow @TerrorismPolice and @NypPrevent on Twitter to keep up to date on Prevent activities.
Since the Prevent Strategy was introduced in 2006, the UK Police Service has played a vital role in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism by helping to support the vulnerable.
This unique contribution has been essential in boosting the UK’s ability to counter the threat posed by terrorists, whilst at the same time helping build stronger and safer neighbourhoods.
Our work under Prevent builds on existing strong relationships between police and professionals involved in other safeguarding work such as sexual abuse, neglect and other risks.
More recently, we have begun work to encourage business leaders to understand the objectives and importance of Prevent, and how they can contribute.
Our statistics demonstrate that our work under Prevent covers all communities and all forms of extremist activity, including extreme right wing behaviour.
If you can support via RTs/shares on social media that would be great, or adapt for your own purposes using this comms toolkit which also includes a video: https://www.counterterrorism.police.uk/prevent-toolkit/
Child Exploitation Awareness Day: Wednesday 18th March 2020
Wednesday 18th March 2020 marks National Child Exploitation Awareness Day that aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation.
The day encourages everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
This is a National Awareness Raising day which gives Local Authorities, Organisations, Projects, Schools and individuals an opportunity to focus on the issues of child exploitation (including sexual, criminal exploitation and county lines) and raise awareness of the signs, indicators and what to do if concerns are raised.
Within North Yorkshire and City of York multi-agency partners have come together to develop an awareness campaign, alongside North Yorkshire & York Youth Commission (NYYYC), to create a series of resources and key messages to share across the partnerships to raise awareness across four key groups; Children and Young People; Parents and Carers; Professionals and the General Public. 5 pictorial messages (see Resources to Download section) have been created by NYYYC members quotes from interview extracts on child exploitation and how young people interact online.
The purpose of this year’s campaign is branded under the headline of ‘Did you know…..’ and is to expand on the three national areas in line with the national campaign – www.stop-cse.org:
· Understanding how young people utilise social media and the risks involved
· How parents can support young people to access their online worlds safely
· How professionals can recognise young people who may be being exploited and what to do about it if they do
– Post Child Exploitation Awareness Day content on your social media accounts (suggested content overleaf)
Follow NYSCP (@NYSCP1) & CoYSCP (@YorkSCP) on Twitter and NYYYC (@NorthYorksYC) on Twitter and Instagram (yc_northyorks) to share Child Exploitation Awareness Day posts on your accounts and get messages out across your networks
– Mobilise colleagues by sharing this briefing and asking them to join you in supporting the Child Exploitation Awareness Day campaign
Need More Info?
For more information about the Child Exploitation Awareness Day campaign in North Yorkshire and City of York or to discuss in more detail how you and your organisation can get involved, please contact NYSCP (email@example.com) or CoYSCP (www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/contact-us.htm).
Thank you in anticipation of your support for the 2020 Child Exploitation Awareness Day campaign.
Look out for our posts on the NYSCP Twitter / CoYSCP Twitter / NYYYC Twitter / NYYYC Instagram feed and re-tweet/share them to your followers. In addition, feel free to use the below pre-populated messages along with the 5 pictorial messages of what Child Exploitation (see Resources to Download section) is to tweet from your organisation’s social media accounts:
· Exploitation is abuse #CEADay20
· Exploitation is about more than just CSE, think about criminal exploitation, county lines, trafficking and modern slavery #CEADay20
· Look at the bigger picture. Communities and Families can be safeguarding partners when it comes to tackling child exploitation #CEADay20
· Exploitation and its impact doesn’t stop because you turn 18. Young adults are still vulnerable too #CEADay20
· The time to build relationships with children and families is crucial #CEADay20
· Children can’t consent to their exploitation #CEADay20
· Disruption of perpetrators and the creation of safe spaces is crucial. See @NatWorGroup Disruption Toolkit: www.nwgnetwork.org/post_typ/tools #CEADay20
· Don’t assume someone else will report it, take responsibility: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/forms-for-professionals/ #CEADay20
· Children and families need you to believe them #CEADay20
· We need to disrupt perpetrators through any means possible, don’t place the burden on victims to disclose #CEADay20
· Think #ContextualSafeguarding. Exploitation doesn’t take place in isolation and the risk of exploitation is usually posed outside of the family home. Public and Online spaces need to be safe for children #CEADay20
Please don’t forget to use the campaign hashtags on your posts: