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Revised Statutory Child Sexual Abuse Definition

February 17th, 2017

The new revised statutory Child Sexual Abuse definition has been launched on today- 16th February 2017;

“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.”

For more information or support please call 01895 272478/01903 522966

Agencies to get £40m funding boost to tackle child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

February 17th, 2017

News has emerged that ministers have made a pledge of a £40m boost towards the fight against child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. The funding will be used to bring offenders to justice, targeting online exploitation, and protecting vulnerable children at risk of trafficking.

The National Crime Agency will also be handed an extra £20m to tackle online child sexual exploitation while a consortium of organisations, including the NHS, College of Policing, the Local Government Association and Barnardo’s will be joining forces to form a new body which will act as a “definitive source” of information and guidance for child protection officers, police officers and other practitioners on the front line.

Long term funding as well as partnership working is crucial and important to be able continue the fight of child sexual exploitation and trafficking  In 2015, the government published a new strategy for addressing failures in child protection across England in response to the Rotherham abuse scandal – in which more than 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013.

It has been reported that since the new strategy there has been an increase in several signs of success which includes an increase in the recording of contact child sexual offences by police, up 24% over the past year and 130% higher than in 2011-12.

For more information and support please call 01895 272478/01903 522966

OnTrack Classes!

February 15th, 2017

This week in our On Track classes we have been learning about health.  As part of this, the young people have learnt how to make appointments, using role play to practice.

Learning how to make appointments independently is a great functional skill that is transferable to everyday life. Of course when English is not your first language, learning about health and appointments means a lot of new vocabulary.

To practice, we have used many methods including Body Parts Bingo whereby the young people not only had to name the chosen body part, but also write it correctly onto the board for a bonus point. Competition was fierce but in the end there could only be one winner, he happily posed for a picture along with his friend.

Our On Track course is the perfect place to learn other transferable skills such as good communication, team building and social skills. These underpin our On Track course and make it ideal for learners whose first language is not English. Our accredited course offers each student 12-15 hours per week over 3 days at Pre- Entry level and Entry level 1-2. If you know anyone who would like to join us, or would like more information, please contact us at trainingreferrals@asphaleia.co.uk

Safer Internet Day 2017!

February 9th, 2017

Tuesday was Safer Internet Day across the country.  The day gave people the opportunity to talk about how to stay safe online with their families, schools, learning centres, youth groups and friends.  But, what does staying safe online actually mean?

Before posting anything online, think carefully about the following:

  • Do I like what this says about me?
  • Could this have an impact on my future?
  • Who might I hurt with this post?
  • Could this get me into trouble?
  • Would my family think this is appropriate?

Think before you post!

Come and see us in Worthing if you would like any advice about online safety.

For more information about asphaleia action please call us on 01903 823 546

Drop In at Worthing!

February 9th, 2017

This week the Worthing team will be watching a film and eating popcorn.

We are also running a competition to rename our Drop In service. This out of hours service enables young people to socialize, receive support and have fun trying new activities that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience.

So if you have any ideas about what we could call Drop in let use know! If your name is chosen you will win a £10 high street voucher.

For more information about our Drop In service and courses at Worthing please call 01903 823546

Increase in child-on-child sex offences

February 7th, 2017

A recent research by Barnardo’s has found that the number of reported cases of children committing sexual offences against each other has increased by 78% since 2013. Reports from the police across England and Wales showed that the number of alleged offences rose from 5,215 in 2013 to 9,290 in 2016. Over the last four years there has been 32,452 cases to the police of alleged sexual offences by children on other children. However, as we know from CSE reports this could be higher as not all cases are reported or disclosed.

It has been an ongoing debate of more age-appropriate sex and relationship to be made compulsory to better protect children and help them understand consent, respect and what a healthy relationship should look like.

For more information and to find out how SAFE is able to come in and deliver workshops please contact us on Worthing- 01903 823546, Uxbridge- 01895 272478.

It’s already an exciting week for Safe West Sussex – and it’s only Wednesday…

February 2nd, 2017

This week our Safe West Sussex projects kicks off! Look out for our blog entry on Safe to find out more information.

And as if that wasn’t exciting enough our Safe workers also began their workshop delivery…..

This week’s topic is ‘online safety’. Learners have been getting involved in a variety of discussions about their internet use and online dangers and have taken part in many different activities including creating bright and colourful posters for a display wall in the training centre.

Here’s to the rest of the week!

If you would like further information on the Safe West Sussex project please call Ruby or Kay on 01903522966 or alternatively email rubygarnham@asphaleia.co.uk or kayjones@asphaleia.co.uk.

CSE Project Launch

February 2nd, 2017

This week sees the official launch of safe West Sussex’s new CSE project.

Its aim is to reduce the numbers of children and young people (CYP) aged 10-24 who are victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), or who are at risk of becoming victims of CSE, across West Sussex. The project will address the local need to ensure CYP feel safe through specialist one to one interventions,  build awareness and raise the profile of healthy relationships for year 6 children in primary schools across the county.

One of the key outcomes of the project is that CYP understand what a healthy relationship looks like, what CSE is and how they are vulnerable to becoming a victim. This project is available to support any child or young person who at risk/victims of CSE , any parent/carer of CYP identified as being at risk or anyone identified as being at risk of becoming a potential perpetrator.

If you would like any further information please contact Kay or Ruby at the following email addresses: kayjones@asphaleia.co.uk/rubygarnham@asphaleia.co.uk or call 01903 522966

Katie’s journey with the Better Life project

January 31st, 2017

 

Katie, 19 years old, started working with Nikki from the Better Life project. Katie was unsure what she wanted to do in her life and also experienced high levels of anxiety.

Through weekly appointments Katie wanted to use the support to find a job and explore issues around managing this. It quickly became apparent that Katie’s confidence was increasing each week, she became more talkative and was making positive decisions in her life such as joining a gym.

Katie was able to secure herself a job, locally and she is really enjoying it:

“I’m still working at the Pharmacy and really like it! I’m now doing the medication for Care Homes, doing prescriptions for people, and also serving customers/dealing with the shop. It can be stressful but it’s all experience! After a year or two I might be able to get training and do a course to be properly trained which will be good”.

Katie’s determination to not give up and transferable skills from volunteering have enabled her to secure and retain this job.

Katie was very grateful to Nikki and the Better Life project “Thank you again for all your help. I really doubt i’d have my job or be where i am if I hadn’t seen you.”

For more information on Better Life project please contact Nikki on 01903 823546

Young person moves to Croydon, and loves it!

January 31st, 2017

A young person recently moved from a small town in West Sussex to a semi independent asphaleia property in Croydon, and he loves it! After finding a small town isolating, Rekar really enjoys the diversity and buzz in Croydon.

Rekar has already made many friends, including those with a shared language and culture, and particularly likes being able to buy Kurdish food.

After spending months feeling sad and angry Rekar is much happier and is growing in confidence. Rekar is attending ESOL lessons and spends his spare time with friends, including going to projects at the Refugee Council and sightseeing in London!

For more information about asphaleia care, please call us on 01622 690 857