Exploitation is still happening.
Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership have launched an e-learning module this week.
It is on the Learning Gateway.
We would encourage all staff from agency partners to look at this.
The module takes about 20 – 30 mins to complete.
We all have our part to play “Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility“.
The children and young people are still being contacted and potentially put at risk of exploitation.
The contact maybe via the internet, telephone or social media. In some cases it will still be face to face contact.
They can be frightened to tell the people they live with and may have been threatened not too.
There are services you can ask for help, both locally and nationally, if you visit the COVID19 page of resources there are links to various organisations that can help.
Remember that some of the behaviours shown by young people are the normal things they should be doing.
But if they have suddenly become more secretive about who they are seeing or talking to.
They have been given expensive presents or have a large amount of cash.
Have you seen them hiding an injury?
Have there been cars or bikes in the street, outside your address ?
Has unusual post arrived at your address, addressed to your child ?
Maybe it is nothing, but if it is making you concerned ask for help or advice.
Talk to your partner, neighbour, or ring and ask a safeguarding professional.
If you “See something – Say something“, if it is your child or the child of a friend or neighbour.
Contact – Front Door for Families – 01273 290400. (FrontDoorForFamilies@brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Look at the links below,
CEOP – latest edition of guidance and video
In an emergency always call 999 asking for the police