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SAFE week helps to train the trainers at SafetyWorks!

12 Jun 2017 14:02 PM

SafetyWorks! CSE training session [View Full Size]

Police and partners have been raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation at Newcastle's SafetyWorks!

Officers from Northumbria Police together with Tyne and Wear Fire Service have been working together to support SAFE Week initiative - Safeguarding Awareness For Everyone - which ran June 5-11. This was the fourth year the initiative has run and this year the focus was on safeguarding children from CSE, as well as raising awareness about protecting vulnerable adults.

Police and partner across three local authorities; Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland focused on a range of issues including focus on a range of issues including summer safety, domestic abuse, neglect, mental health issues and sexual exploitation.

As part of the week's activities CSOs Claire Jones and Nichola Bone, staff at SafetyWorks! - the innovative interactive safety centre in Newcastle - have been training the Prevent and Education staff from Tyne and Wear Fire Service about a greater awareness of CSE, so they can help to keep people safe as part of their role.

The CSOs work with the many youngsters who visit SafetyWorks! on a daily basis to learn how to keep themselves safe, and helping to train the fire service trainers in this area was the logical next step. The centre offers age appropriate sessions specifically for children, young people and vulnerable groups, to learn about the potential dangers of CSE in today's modern society. It also provides comprehensive safety advice on topics from fire safety to personal safety .

Chief Inspector Steve Hails said: " Keeping our young people safe from CSE is a year round endeavour for our staff here at SafetyWorks! but initiatives such as SAFE Week help to focus both other professionals and wider public's mind on this important issue, which can only be a good thing.

"Victims of crime are our priority here in Northumbria and we would always encourage people who suffer from CSE, domestic abuse or sexual abuse to come forward and get the help and support they need."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, DBE QC said: "SafetyWorks! do valuable work in raising awareness about CSE. By working in partnership with the Fire Service staff in this training we will reach more people with our safety message. I welcome this approach and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure we all do everything possible to help keep young people safe."

Gill Elvin, SafetyWorks! Centre manager said: "This training for our Prevention and Education staff has enabled them to be more aware of CSE issues affecting children and vulnerable adults. This information will be particularly useful when the P & E staff are working in the community. Feedback from those attending the training session has been extremely positive and they commented on the professionalism of the CSO’s as well as their ability to make the session enjoyable despite it being a ‘difficult’ topic."

For more advice in relation to CSE please visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/advice_for_victims_of_crime/child_sexual_exploitation/

Anyone with concerns about crime should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Pictured; Police and Fire Service staff supporting SAFE week at SafetyWorks!