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JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – November and December 2022

Topics for this month:

Updated Prevent Duty

The government have updated and redeveloped its resources for educational establishments in England, including independent training providers like JTM, around the Prevent Duty.

The Prevent duty: safeguarding learners vulnerable to radicalisation

The guidance is for those who working in education settings who have safeguarding responsibilities for keeping children, young people and adult learners safe in schools, colleges and further education independent training providers.

The guidance is designed to explain the Prevent referral process and the statutory responsibilities to keep children, young people and adult learners safe from the risk of extremist ideology or radicalisation; and will prepare DSLs and other staff, to respond effectively and get support for people who may be being exploited by radicalising influences.

Sections to read in the new guidance include:

The Prevent duty: an introduction for those with safeguarding responsibilities.

Within this section, you will find staff responsibilities in relation to the Prevent duty, including spotting any concerning changes in behaviour that may indicate a safeguarding concern. If staff have any concerns about a child, young person or adult learner’s welfare, they should speak to their Safeguarding Team immediately. You will also find information in this section around the online training.

You can view the updated Prevent Duty website here:

The Prevent duty: an introduction for those with safeguarding responsibilities – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Understanding and identifying radicalisation risk in your education setting.

This section provides further information on the types of radicalisation risks and how children, young people and adult learners may become vulnerable to radicalisation. You will also find links to resources to help explain and identify the different types of extremist threat to the people that you are working with.

Please visit the following link for more details:

Understanding and identifying radicalisation risk in your education setting – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Attack at Dover immigration centre

Counter Terrorism Policing Southeast (CTPSE), who have been working with Kent Police since the initial notification of this incident, have recovered evidence that indicates the attack at an immigration centre in Dover on Sunday 30 October 2022, was motivated by a terrorist ideology.

During the attack, a number of crude incendiary devices were thrown outside the premises by a man who arrived at the scene alone in a car, with two people subsequently receiving injuries.

A number of significant witnesses have been spoken to during the course of the investigation and a number of items of interest have been recovered, including digital media devices. Evidence from examining these items suggests there was an extreme right-wing motivation behind the attack. 

There is currently nothing to suggest the offender was working alongside anyone else and there is not believed to be any wider threat to the public. 

As part of the government’s newly-updated Prevent duty for educational establishments, such as JTM, you will find information around the different types of radicalisation and extremism, and how children, young people and adult learners become vulnerable to these.

Movember

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.

Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 4.5 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.

A growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides.

Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis on a global scale. Movember fund ground-breaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best and accelerate change.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up research and motivating men to take action for their health.

For more information, please visit: https://uk.movember.com/

Christmas Jumper Day 2022

What is Christmas Jumper Day?

Christmas Jumper Day is Save the Children’s annual event which raises money for children in the UK and across the world. Every December, millions of people across the United Kingdom (and beyond!) put on a festive outfit at their workplace, school or with friends and make a donation to help give children the magical future they deserve.

When is Christmas Jumper Day?

Christmas Jumper Day is on Thursday 8 December and JTM will be taking part so look out for our Christmas Jumper pictures on social media!

When was the first Christmas Jumper Day?

Since 2012, millions of people have put on their jazziest jumpers for one day in December, donated £2 to Save the Children, and helped make the world better for children in the UK and around the world.

This year is going to be the best yet. This year, the UK government’s promised to give the same amount as you give. Every time you give £2 to Save the Children, they give £2.

Double the funds, double the fun!

With all that extra cash, Save the Children can totally work its magic in Kenya, where, every year, 74,000 children die before reaching the age of five.

They will help mums-to-be, new mums, tiny babies and bigger kids get the food and medicine they need to be strong and healthy. This will be around 200,000 people that will be helped – just by wearing a super-Christmassy sweater!

For more information please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Anti- bullying Week

We are a little late in  covering this but the messages and information promoted are useful and important at any time.

Anti – bullying week took  place from 14 to 18 November 2022 and had the theme Reach Out.

Reach out to someone you trust if you need to talk. Reach out to someone you know is being bullied. Reach out and consider a new approach.

This year’s theme aims to empower  people to do something positive to counter harm and hurt that bullying causes. From kids to teachers, influencers to parents, this year’s theme aims to involve everyone. “It takes courage, but it can change lives.

How to help someone being bullied.

People who are being bullied can feel really distressed and it can have a serious impact on their life and health. In very serious cases bullying could lead to self-harming, or even suicidal thoughts. Often other people don’t realise the effect that bullying has when it goes on day in day out.

You may be wondering how you can help someone who is experiencing bullying. There are usually quite a lot of pointers that someone is being bullied and if you see or hear any of them you’re in a good position to help. Below is some things you can do if you are worried that a friend is experiencing bullying at school.

  • If you are at school, let a teacher know what you suspect 
  • If you are in a workplace, maybe let your colleague know that you are there for them
  • Go with the person being bullied and back up what they say to the teacher
  • Tell the person being bullied that you’ll can help them to tell their parents 
  • Tell your parents or an adult you trust 
  • Agree with your friends that you will all make it clear to the person doing the bullying that you don’t like what they’re doing
  • Keep a diary of what you see going on so that you can give a reliable account of what has been happening

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when someone bullies others using electronic means. This might involve social media and messaging services on the internet that are accessed on a mobile phone, tablet or gaming platform. The behaviour is usually repeated and at times can be as subtle as leaving someone out of a group chat or cropping them out of a picture.

One of the biggest differences between cyberbullying and face-to-face bullying is that cyberbullying can be hard to get away from. Bullying can happen anywhere, anytime – even when at home.

Bullying at work 

Bullying at work can take shape or form in many different ways. If you feel as though you are experiencing bullying in the workplace, this can be a very devastating and distressing issue and bullying can affect your emotional health. You may be feeling very low and anxious at the thought of going to work and facing the individual or group that may be subjecting you to this and the bullying may also be affecting family life. Click on the links for help where there is lots of workplace bullying advice that may help including help on writing letters of complaint and more. 

For more information, advice and someone to talk to please visit:

https://www.familylives.org.uk/

How to report scam texts and mobile calls to Ofcom via 7726

Criminals often impersonate legitimate organisations in an attempt to dupe their victims and leave them out of pocket. So it’s important to be extra cautious if you receive a text message about a parcel you may be expecting, for example, or a call claiming to be from your bank.

Ofcom research found that eight in ten people experienced some form of phone scam last summer, but fewer than two in ten reported them to the relevant authorities.

But there’s an easy, free service you can use to report suspicious texts or calls you might receive on your mobile, called 7726.

What is 7726?

7726 is a number that most mobile customers using UK networks can text to report unwanted SMS messages or phone calls on a mobile. The number ‘7726’ was chosen because it spells ‘SPAM’ on an alphanumeric phone keypad, which is a handy way of remembering it.

Ofcom have provided the videos below to instruct you on how to report scam texts and calls:

How to forward a scam text to 7726 on an iPhone: https://youtu.be/wb-FaJmjJaI

How to forward a scam text to 7726 on an Android: https://youtu.be/B7LY1NmYCsw

How to forward a scam mobile call to 7726 on an iPhone: https://youtu.be/XxYSPseveYk

How to forward a scam mobile call to 7726 on an Android: https://youtu.be/-VCe8GgXWv0

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events November 2022

This image contains information on the Birthday of Guru Nanak.

Armistice Day

Date: 11th November

This is when the Great War, or world war one, came to an end in 1918. Today this anniversary is used to remember everyone that has died while at war. This includes World War Two, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the middle east and ongoing conflicts across the world.

International Men’s Day

Date: 19th November

A global grassroots movement celebrated in over 80 countries, that invites every man, women, girl and boy in the world to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity, irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.

https://internationalmensday.com/

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Date: 20th November

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20th that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of
anti-transgender violence.

Elimination of Violence Against Women’s Day

Date: 25th November

Raises awareness of women who are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.

www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

UK Disability History Month

Date: 18th November to 20th December

(UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights.

www.ukdhm.org/what-is-ukdhm

Islamophobia Awareness Month

Date: All month

Islamophobia Awareness Month highlights the threat of Islamophobic hate crimes and showcases the positive contributions of British Muslims to society.

www.islamophobia-awareness.org

“Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished”

Prophet Muhammad

Special Days

1st November

  • All Saints Day – (Christian)

2nd November

  • All Souls Day – (Christian)

5th November

  • Guy Fawkes Day

8th November

  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev – (Sikh)

11th November

  • Armistice Day – (Interfaith)

13-19th November

  • Transgender Awareness Week

13th November

  • World Kindness Day
  • Remembrance Sunday

14th November

  • World Diabetes Day

18th-20th Dec

  • UK Disability History Month

19th November

  • International Men’s Day

20th November

  • Universal Children’s Day
  • Transgender Day of remembrance

21st November

  • Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos – (Orthodox Christian)

24th November

  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur – (Sikh)

25th November

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

28th November

  • First Sunday of Advent – (Christian)

30th November

  • Saint Andrew’s Day – (Christian)

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – October 2022

Topics for this month:

October is a busy month for awareness raising campaigns and we are highlighting just a few of them in this month’s edition.

ADHD- awareness month

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, will act without thinking and they may have trouble concentrating and act on impulse.

The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but the condition has been shown to run in families. ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it’s more common in people with learning difficulties. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 3 to 7 years old, but sometimes the condition is diagnosed later, and not recognised until later in life as an adult.

The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who were diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems and face challenges. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

However, in the UK and Europe, around 90% of adults and young people with ADHD are undiagnosed, especially girls and women. In England only 0.35% of girls and 1.5% of boys are receiving treatment, compared with a global average of 5.3% of children.

Therefore, raising awareness of ADHD is so vitally important and lots of extensive research is being carried out to improve diagnoses, get the message out about the condition and develop the right structured support for people with ADHD.

ADHD is best treated using a combination of different medical and therapeutic interventions, along lifestyle support and services. The combination of intervention and support should be tailored to the needs of the individual.

Hyperactivity and impulsiveness can also be presented as follows-

-being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings.

-being unable to concentrate on tasks.

-excessive physical movement.

-excessive talking and interrupting others

-being unable to wait their turn.

-Difficulty focusing

Common causes of ADHD

-Brain injury.

-Exposure to environmental risks (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age.

-Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy.

-Premature delivery.

-Low birth weight.

Things that can help ADHD:

-organisation and time management, using tools to help.

-following instructions step by step

-focusing and completing tasks

-coping with stress

-Get plenty of exercise. …

-Take activity breaks. …

-Learn to meditate. …

-Pay attention to all the good things about you.

For more information, please click the link below for the ADHD.UK website, where you can find out more about ADHD, and get involved in their fundraising, as well as access resources and newsletters to help someone with ADHD.

There is also a diagnosis pathway page to help you get help if you feel you may have ADHD and need some advice and support.

ADHD UK | ADHD UK

Go Sober for October

Taking a break from drinking is a great way to give your body a break from alcohol, and it has lots of benefits.

Every year, Macmillan runs a Sober October campaign to encourage people to go alcohol-free in October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Have you been sober in October?

What to expect when you give up alcohol

If you’ve decided to give up alcohol, you might be surprised how quickly you start to notice some of the benefits.

  • A better night’s sleep

Alcohol can disrupt your sleep pattern meaning you spend less time in more restful deep sleep.

  • More energy

Hangover-free and refreshed you’re likely to have more energy. Maybe now is the time to take up a new hobby or kick-start a fitness regime?

  • Weight loss

You might have already started to notice some weight loss. Alcoholic drinks are high in empty calories and regularly adding lots of extra calories on top of your recommended daily intake can make it difficult to maintain or lose weight.

  • Save money

When you stop spending money on alcohol, you’ll be saving yourself money. Why not treat yourself to something nice to celebrate sticking to your Sober October goals?

Top three tips for a successful Sober October

  1. Understand the effects of alcohol

Understanding what effect alcohol has on your mind and body can help motivate you to stay on track. From heart health to anxiety and depression alcohol can have a wide-ranging effect on our bodies.

  1. Alcohol-free alternatives

Sparkling mineral water is great – but there are many other alcohol alternatives out there. Why not make a mocktail, try an alcohol-free beer or even one of the new alcohol-free ‘spirits’?

  1. Tackle your triggers

Understand what prompts you to have a drink so you can stay in control and avoid old habits.

Beyond Sober October

A month off alcohol could be your chance to make lasting changes in the way you drink. Alcohol consumption is linked to seven types of cancer, and the more you drink the more your risk increases.

So just a few small changes to the way you approach alcohol could have a big effect on your long-term health, and how you feel.

One thing you might find after a period without drinking is that your tolerance to alcohol drops. So it might take less alcohol for you to feel its effects.

In order to keep the risks from drinking to a low level, make sure you stick within the low risk drinking guidelines of no more than 14 units a week, with at least three drink-free days.

Taking a break from alcohol is a great for your body and mind, so keep up the positive changes beyond October.

Visit Drink Aware to find out more and explore the resources available to help you to stay on track!

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/how-to-reduce-your-drinking/go-sober-for-october

Breast Cancer Awareness

With around 150 women being diagnosed with breast cancer every day, it is the most common form of cancer in the UK, the good news is about two thirds of women will survive for 20 years or more.

Although rarer, 390 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer each year,

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is when abnormal cells in the breast begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way and eventually form a growth (tumour).

Breast cancer starts in the breast tissue, most commonly in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common cancer in the UK. It mainly affects women, but men can get it too. 

Breast cancer symptoms

The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump in their breast or some thickening.

Breast symptoms to look out for:

  • a new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
  • a change in size, shape or feel of your breast
  • skin changes in the breast such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin
  • fluid leaking from the nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast feeding
  • changes in the position of the nipple

These symptoms listed here are more often caused by other medical conditions. But if you have any of them it is important to see your doctor.

More information around symptoms

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/symptoms

And for Men ……

The most common symptom is a lump in the chest area which is often painless.

Other symptoms of male breast cancer may include:

  • Liquid, sometimes called discharge, that comes from the nipple without squeezing and which may be blood-stained
  • A tender or inverted (pulled in) nipple
  • Ulcers (sores) on the chest or nipple area
  • Swelling of the chest area and occasionally the lymph nodes under the arm

For more information, advice, and support about breast cancer in men

https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/have-i-got-breast-cancer/breast-cancer-in-men

Further information 

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer

https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month

For anyone affected by breast cancer you can find support, help and advice here

https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/support-you

To speak to a breast cancer care nurse tel:0808 800 6000

For information around other forms of cancer

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer

Cyber Security Awareness Month

October has been designated as Cyber Security Awareness Month and this year’s themes are Phishing and Ransomware.

We have included some tips below on the best methods to protect yourself from these types of cybersecurity threats.

Phishing

Tips on how to avoid being scammed by phishing emails:

  • Look for poor grammar and unprofessional language
  • Remember that cybercriminals push you to act urgently
  • Look for links to malware sites. Never click on them!
  • Don’t always trust the URL you see when clicking on a link
  • Check the greeting on the email: cybercriminals never use your first and last name and the message is usually addressed to a generic recipient
  • Look out for personal information questions, e.g. passwords, PIN, bank account details, National Insurance numbers etc
  • These emails often include attachments with hidden malware. Never download them!
  • Never trust promotional offers which look “too good to be true”

Ransomware

Tips on how to prevent yourself becoming a victim of ransomware:

  • Never use unknown USB sticks. If you do not know where they came from, don’t connect them to your computer
  • Never click on unknown links. Always double-check the URL of a link for anomalies, before clicking on them in spam messages or on unknown websites
  • Never open suspicious email attachments. Don’t trust an email with information you have never asked for. You can fall victim to ransomware
  • Be extra careful before opening unexpected emails. Always check the sender’s real address, as well as any attachment or hyperlink
  • Perform system updates, as they are prompted on your laptop, or if your IT Department tells you to do so
  • Use virus protection on all your devices. Install one which includes ransomware alerts and ensure you keep them always updated
  • Follow your organisation policies regarding backups. It’s crucial that you always have backup copies of your files, preferably in the cloud or on an external hard drive
  • Access your account safely. Use always strong passwords and enable two factor or multi-factor authentication

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events October 2022

This image contains information on the religious holidays Dussehra and Diwali
This image contains information on the religious holidays Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
This image contains information on the Islamic event Milad Un Nabi

Black History Month

Date: All Month

is a month set aside to learn, honour, and celebrate the achievements of Black men and women throughout history, it has been marked in the UK for more than 30 years. It is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Black Community in the UK.

It happens because so often in the past, the contributions made by black people to the community were ignored or played down because black people weren’t treated the same way as other people because of the colour of their skin. It aims to address this unfairness, by celebrating the achievements and contributions of the black community over the years.

www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Date: All Month

The month of October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month where we celebrate Down Syndrome and let everyone know our abilities and that we are capable of doing anything we set our minds to.

www.ndss.org

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Date: 3rd-9th October

Dyslexia awareness week is an annual event to raise awareness of dyslexia, including issues such as early identification and reasonable adjustments.

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

International Day of Older Persons

Date: 1st October

Raises awareness about issues affecting the elderly and appreciates the contributions that older people make to society.

www.olderpeoplesday.co.uk

World Mental Health Awareness Day

Date: 10th October

Celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Date: 9th-15th October

Baby Loss Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity to bring us together as a community and give anyone touched by pregnancy and baby loss a safe and supportive space to share their experiences and feel that they are not alone.

https://babyloss-awarenss.org/

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything”

Malcolm X

Special Days

1st October

  • International Day of Older Persons

2nd October

  • International Day of Non Violence

4th October

  • Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – (Christian)
  • Dussehra – (Hindu holiday)

3rd-9th October

  • World Dyslexia Awareness Week

4th-5th October

  • Yom Kippur – (Jewish Holy Day)

7th-8th October

  • Mawlid un Nabi – (Islamic observance)

9th October

  • Birthday of Guru Ram Das – (Sikh)

9th-15th October

  • Baby Loss Awareness Week

9th-16th October

  • Sukkot – (Jewish holiday)

10th October

  • World Mental Health Day

11th October

  • National Coming Out Day

13th October

  • World Sight Day

17th October

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

16th-18th October

  • Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah – (Jewish holiday)

18th October

  • Anti-Slavery Day
  • World Menopause Day

19th October

  • International Pronouns Day

22nd October

  • International Stammering Awareness Day

24th October

  • Diwali – (Hindu)
  • Bandhi Chhor Divas – (Sikh)

26th October

  • Intersex Awareness Day

29th October

  • World Stroke Day

30th October

  • Daylight Saving Time Ends (clock change)

31st October

  • Halloween

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – September 2022

Topics for this month:

Energy Bills phishing scam

With the cost-of-living crisis being at the forefront of a lot of minds, we have been made aware of a phishing scam that is currently doing the rounds. Potential victims are contacted by a scammer posing as ‘UK Help’ or GOVUK (multiple variations have been found) claiming to be from the official UK government. This is usually done via messaging service like iMessage.

The scam text will say something like ‘you are eligible for a discounted energy bill under the Energy Bills Support Scheme’ and provides a link for you to apply.

By clicking on the link, you are taken to a landing page that appears to be a legitimate UK Gov website – it is a clone of the official website.

You are then instructed to insert your full name, phone number, date of birth, home address, and email address which they claim will help “determine how much you are eligible for.”

The following page will ask for your energy supplier as well as your card number, expiry date, and ‘security’ code.

The end game for these scammers is to access your banking and/or private information, which they can use for their own financial gain. The details this scam asks you to provide could all be used to impersonate you and access to your accounts.

A similar scam that impersonates energy watchdog Ofgem has been circulating, with over 1500 reports already made to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). These scams are taking advantage of the current concern many households in the UK are feeling due to the cost-of-living crisis.

IMPORTANT – the £400 discount for the UK government energy bill discount for all households WILL be applied automatically when it is released. You will not have to register or apply for anything. No household will be asked for their bank details at any point. Please follow official government guidance.

You can find more information about the scam here, including what to do if you have already been targeted and given your details over: https://ineqe.com/2022/09/23/energy-bills-scam-important-information/

County Lines – Information and support

Following the recent spate of fatal shootings in Merseyside and London believed to be linked to organised crime, the August issue of this bulletin covered the issue of organised crime gangs and gun crime, we are continuing this theme this month with information and support links related to County Lines.

What is County Lines?

County lines is a form of criminal exploitation where urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children, young people or vulnerable adults to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns (Home Office, 2018). It can happen in any part of the UK and is against the law and a form of child abuse. Children, young people and adults may be criminally exploited in multiple ways. Other forms of criminal exploitation include sexual exploitation, trafficking, gang and knife crime.

County lines gangs are highly organised criminal networks that use sophisticated, frequently evolving techniques to groom young people or vulnerable adults and evade capture by the police.

Perpetrators use children, young people or vulnerable adults to maximise profits and distance themselves from the criminal act of physically dealing drugs. The vulnerable person does the majority of the work and take the most risk.

Dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines” are used to help facilitate county lines drug deals. Phones are usually cheap, disposable and old fashioned, because they are changed frequently to avoid detection by the police. Gangs use the phones to receive orders and contact and instruct where to deliver drugs. This may be to a local dealer or drug user, or a dealer or drug user in another county.

Risks

County lines is a cross-cutting issue that often overlaps with other forms of abuse and criminal exploitation. It can lead to serious physical and emotional harm to young people

Criminalisation

Lack of understand that county lines is a form of abuse, may result in seeing children/vulnerable adults involved in county lines activity as criminals rather than as victims of criminal exploitation this can lead to them not getting the safeguarding support and protection they need.

Drugs

Perpetrators may use drugs and alcohol to entice people into the gang lifestyle.In some cases, gangs trick people into incurring drug debts that they then have to pay off through county lines activity. This is often referred to as ‘debt bondage’.

Physical violence

There is a strong link between county lines activity and serious violence such as knife and gun crime, the use of substances such as acid as a weapon, homicide. The fear of serious physical violence as revenge for disrespecting, ‘snitching’ or ‘grassing’ is one of the things that prevents people from leaving gangs or seeking help from the police and other agencies.

Sexual abuse and exploitation

As well as being used to transport drugs, county lines gangs may sexually abuse and exploit children, young people or adults of any gender.

This can happen through:

  • being forced into sexual activity with gang members or for the gang’s financial gain
  • being made to work off drug debts through sexual exploitation as ‘payment’ (this might happen after the child has been coerced into becoming dependent on drugs by the gang)
  • being groomed into what they believe is a romantic relationship with a gang member which then leads to exploitation
  • Victims can be forced to transport drugs in ways that are invasive and harmful to their bodies. Young people may be forced to swallow bags of drugs to transport them, which could potentially be life threatening.

Trafficking and missing children

Young people can be trafficked to locations far away from where they live for long periods of time by a county lines gang. They may end up staying in unsuitable accommodation in an area that is unknown to them. This might include short term holiday lets or budget hotels.

Cuckooing

Cuckooing happens when a county lines gang takes over the home of a vulnerable adult by coercion or force and use it as a base to deal drugs from. The vulnerable adult may have issues with substance misuse or mental health problems, be elderly or disabled or be in debt to the gang. These factors can make it easier for the gang to exploit and control them.

Financial exploitation and abuse

Gangs are known to launder money from drug sales through another person’s bank account, either by using an existing account or forcing or persuading them to open a new one.

Grooming

Once they have identified a victim, the gang will make some form of contact and the grooming process will begin. This could be in person or via mobile phone. Social media profiles may also be used to glamourise gang life and entice young people.

Signs that a young person or adult may be involved in criminal exploitation

  • frequently going missing from education/training or work.
  • travelling to locations, or being found in areas they have no obvious connections with, including seaside or market towns
  • acquiring money, clothes, accessories or mobile phones which they seem unable to account for
  • withdrawing or having sudden changes in personality, behaviour or the language they use
  • having relationships with controlling or older individuals and groups
  • significant decline in education/training results or performance
  • being isolated from peers or social networks
  • self-harming or having significant changes in mental health.

Useful Links

For further information about County Lines.

Self-harm and Online Content

With the inquest into the death of Molly Russell taking place, there has been a lot in the news over the past weeks about the dangers of self-harm as well as suicide related content online. It is really important to have regular conversations with young people and learners about online use and things they can do to stay safe as well as what support options are available. Below is some advice for parents and professionals.

A Mindful Approach

While it is important to promote online safety to young audiences, it is safer to approach this with general messages about online safety, without referencing specific incidences. If you are forwarded warnings relating to self-harm and suicide, warning others may seem like the smart thing to do. However, sending warnings can draw unwanted attention towards the content and the potential harm it can bring. Please think carefully about what you share, minimise the exposure and don’t give young people something to look for.

Have Open Conversations

Talk about all their online activity. Let them share what they’re playing or looking at, rather than asking them whether they have seen or engaged with specific harmful content online. This approach may draw their interest to it or mean they do not talk about other concerning online activities. If young people express any concern or worries over content they have seen online, or posts or comments that friends or others have made, it is important to listen to them and offer support.

Providing information and signposting to sources of support

Is important for all young people at any time. It may also be useful to provide advice on how young people can support themselves and their friends. If you have concerns that someone is suicidal, useful information can be found on Samaritan’s website along with tips for discussing suicide safely online

Report Harmful Content Online

Stop the spread of harm by reporting self-harm and suicide content online. Social media sites and other platforms have direct reporting routes for this type of content and remember, you can visit Report Harmful Content to find out how to report harmful content online. Talk about how to report content, age restrictions on different sites and why they exist. Anyone over the age of 13 can make a report on Report Harmful Content. A practitioner will check submitted reports and provide further advice on actions they can take.

Further information and support

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or are supporting someone else, the Staying Safe website provides information on how to make a safety plan. It includes video tutorials and online templates to guide you through the process.

Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

We have all been saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at aged 96, on Thursday 8th September at Balmoral Castle.

The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and spent over 70 years as the monarch, whilst devoting her life to the service of our country.

We join the whole nation, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of such a dedicated monarch and sending our deepest condolences to the Royal Family in this difficult time.

The government has officially declared Monday 19th September a bank holiday for the Queen’s national mourning, therefore the JTM head office will be closed for the day and re-open on Tuesday 20th September.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin –August 2022

Topics for this month:

Gun Violence and Organised Crime Gangs – Information and support

The recent spate of fatal shootings in Merseyside and London is believed to be linked to organised crime. The killing of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was the third death involving a gun in or around Liverpool this month.

There were also three deaths in London in July and a fourth in August.

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by gun violence, there are support services which may be able to help you.

Victim Support

Victim Support operates a free and confidential 24/7 Supportline and live chat service, every day of the year – offering specialist support to anyone who has been a victim of crime or a witness. If you’d prefer to access interactive self-support guides, visit My Support Space.

Telephone: 0808 16 89 111

Live chat: victimsupport.org.uk/live-chat

My Support Space: mysupportspace.org.uk/MoJ

More information can be found at www.victimsupport.org.uk

Support after Murder and Manslaughter

Support after Murder and Manslaughter offers understanding and support to families and friends who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through the mutual support of others who have suffered a similar tragedy.

Phone: 0121 472 2912

Visit the Support after Murder and Manslaughter website

Support for victim or witnesses of other criminal offences such as domestic abuse, sexual violence or abuse can be found here  Victim and witness services – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

National Bereavement Partnership.

Helpline. The helpline is open 7am – 10pm, seven days a week, to listen to those in need, support them in dealing with their bereavement 

0800 448 0800

helpline@nationalbereavementpartnership.org

What is a gang?

Throughout the UK there are several definitions of what constitutes a gang. Categorising a group of people as a gang can be difficult, and most recently there has been a rethink as to how exactly a gang should be classified. The emphasis has shifted more onto the behaviour of the gang and whether they are involved in gang related violence and drug trafficking, rather than the makeup of the group

How is a gang organised?

The structure, characteristics and often the ethnicity of gangs varies from area to area and will often depend on the local demographic. Most gangs are primarily made up of young people, aged between 13 and 24 years, although gang members have been known to be significantly older and younger than this age group. While gang membership is predominantly male based, young girls and women are increasingly coerced and drawn into gang activity. Gangs often have a fluid and chaotic hierarchical structure where individuals slide up and down the pecking order, dependent on their involvement at differing times. Seniority is often based on longevity of service (elders) with children and young people seen as minions at the bottom of the order. Younger gang members often engage in low level criminality when first joining the gang, e.g. burglary, theft, street robbery, assaults and anti-social behaviour.

What is a criminal network?

Organised criminal groups or networks are different from gangs. They consist of individuals who are purely involved in crime for personal gain (financial or otherwise). Organised crime includes, people trafficking, supply of firearms, drug importation, trafficking and supply (this includes county lines drug supply). It causes significant harm to the community.   There is no doubt that the gangs landscape is evolving. Whereas 10 years ago a gang would be defined by its postcode with the emphasis on protecting territory, many gangs have progressed and are now focussed on the drug market, both locally and through the county lines ‘business model’.

For more information around Criminal Exploitation, county lines and other gang related issues, please see links below.

Young People at Risk of Gang Involvement – More than just a statistic. – Safeguarding Hub

Criminal exploitation and gangs | NSPCC

Energy price increases help and support

Energy prices rose sharply when lockdown was lifted, and the economy returned to normal, they also increased further because of the war in Ukraine which has reduced supplies of Russian gas globally. This has therefore significantly pushed up the price of gas across the continent, including in the UK.

If your gas or electricity supplier increases its prices, they should tell you in a reasonable amount of time before the change takes place, unless:

  • You are on a ‘staggered tariff’, where your contract contains set price increases on set dates (you won’t get a reminder) or if
  • You are on a ‘tracker’ tariff, where your prices will go up and down to follow something else, such as a stock market (you won’t get any notice)

You should complain to your supplier if you think they have not given you reasonable notice.

Your supplier might have increased its prices because of changes to the ‘energy price cap’. This is the maximum they are allowed to charge if you are on a default tariff, or most other tariffs where the rate you pay changes. 

You will not be affected by the cap if:

  • You are on a fixed tariff
  • You are on a standard variable green tariff that Ofgem has not included in the cap

Support and help

If you are struggling to pay your energy bills or top up your prepayment meter you might be able to get extra help. 

The Citizens Advice Bureau can offer free confidential advice and help , and you will be able to check with them, if you can get grants and benefits to help pay your energy bills.

How to help you with the energy price increase

Ways to help the impact of the increase, you can compare prices from different energy suppliers using a price authorised comparison website. Make sure you act quickly – you will need to ask to change tariffs ideally before the winter months if you can when more energy will be used. 

Government grant support

Millions of households across Great Britain will receive non-repayable discounts on their energy bills this winter. There will be a £400 discount, administered by energy suppliers, which will be paid to consumers over 6 months with payments starting from October 2022, to ensure households receive financial support throughout the winter months.

If you are struggling with living costs

If you are struggling with money and living costs, there are things you can do to save on your regular living costs. Please look at on the Citizens Advice website- ‘check what to do if you need help with living costs

If you are finding it hard to pay your bills, you can also get help again on the website for – ‘Find out more about getting help with your bills

If you and your family due to the energy increase are struggling to pay for food, please also ‘find out how to get help from a food bank’.

If you feel your financial worries or problems, are starting to impact your mental health, and you are getting into out-of-control debt, there is also lots of support there to help you, thorough the mental health and money service UK.

For more information, advice or guidance please visit the websites listed below-

https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/managing-money/what-are-my-options-for-dealing-with-debt/what-is-breathing-space/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/problems-with-your-energy-bill/your-gas-or-electricity-supplier-has-put-up-its-prices/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/400-energy-bills-discount-to-support-households-this-winter

UK children ‘lack understanding and awareness of cyber bullying’

A study found children in the UK don’t fully understand what could constitute cyber bullying, while parents worry about it less than others globally.

Children and their parents in the UK have “important gaps in their knowledge” around cyber bullying, a new report on online safety says, warning that both are failing to properly identify it despite many young people being affected.

A study by cyber security firm McAfee found that more than half of children in the UK (56%) had suffered from name-calling – much higher than a global average of 40%.

And while 56% of UK parents worry that their child is being cyber bullied and 37% worried that their child could be a cyber bully themselves, both of these figures were well below the global averages of 74% and 58% respectively.

The McAfee said the results appeared to show a lack of understanding among UK children about what cyber bullying actually was despite the numbers who appeared to suffer from it, highlighting that while 93% of UK children said they would be the least likely to cyber bully someone, 15% admitted they had excluded someone from a group chat.

The act of cutting others out of group conversations was also higher in the UK than other European countries, suggesting the issue is more prevalent here with many children and parents unable to properly identify it.

The study involved surveying more than 11,600 parents and their children from 10 countries.

For more information on this, please visit: https://www.mcafee.com/en-us/consumer-corporate/newsroom/press-releases/press-release.html?news_id=d1da63d3-47bd-48c1-9463-35a4d97799ba

Snapchat introduces new parental controls

As part of Snap’s child safety efforts, Snapchat is launching a new supervision tool on Tuesday that the company says mimics how parents and teenagers interact in the real world.

Snapchat’s new “Family Centre” hub allows parents and guardians to keep tabs on who their teens message with on the app without disclosing what it is they’re saying to each other. Both the guardian and the child must accept the Family Centre invite before the oversight tools can take effect. Once the invites are accepted, a guardian can see the entirety of their child’s friends list and a list of accounts they’ve interacted with over the last seven days and report concerning accounts to Snap’s Trust and Safety Team.

Snapchat plans to roll out new Family Centre features over the next few weeks, including tools allowing parents to view the new friends their children have added along with additional content controls.

For more information on this, please visit: https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/9/23296987/snapchat-family-center-snap-child-safety-online-privacy-tool

Helping adults respond to disclosures of abuse

Research undertaken by the NSPCC has shown that adults don’t always recognise, understand or react appropriately when a child or young person starts to tell them about experiences of abuse and that this can mean that the child doesn’t get the support they need (Allnock and Miller, 20131). Adults aren’t always confident about knowing what to say and do if a child or young person  starts to disclose.

This research identified that it’s helpful for children and young people in the moment of disclosure if adults use appropriate interpersonal skills to make it clear they are listening and taking them seriously.

Whilst the following advice is focussed around child disclosure, these steps can be applied to sensitive or emotive conversations with anyone of any age.  

Show you care, help them open up

Give your full attention to the child or young person and keep your body language open and encouraging. Be compassionate, be understanding and reassure them their feelings are important. Phrases such as ‘you’ve shown such courage today’ help.

Take your time, slow down

Respect pauses and don’t interrupt the child – let them go at their own pace. Recognise and respond to their body language. And remember that it may take several conversations for them to share what’s happened to them.

Show you understand, reflect back

Make it clear you’re interested in what the child is telling you. Reflect back what they’ve said to check your understanding – and use their language to show it’s their experience.

The NSPCC have produced a short animation which demonstrates these steps in action

Let children know you’re listening | NSPCC Learning

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events September 2022

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Date: 10th September

Organised by the international Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation, the purpose of the day is to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
www.iasp.info

Holy Cross Day

Date: 14th September

Celebrated on September 14th, Holy Cross day is a day which honours and commemorates the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for our salvation. This holiday is also known as “The Triumph of the Cross” in the Roman Catholic Church.

World Sepsis Day

Date: 13th September

What is sepsis? – Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multi-organ failure, and death – especially if not recognised early and treated promptly. Sepsis is the final common pathway to death from most infectious diseases worldwide, including viral infections such as SARS-Cov-2 / COVID-19.
https://www.worldsepsisday.org/sepsis

Migraine Awareness Week

Date: 6th-12th September

Each September we use this week to raise general awareness of migraine as a serious public health issue and to reduce stigma. While there is an increasing awareness of migraine and understanding of what it is, not many would disagree that we are nowhere near the level of awareness and understanding that we need to reach.
www.migrainetrust.org

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event

Date: 24th September

People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to McMillan.

How you can get involved

Sign up to host a Coffee Morning and you’ll get a free fundraising kit full of goodies. Bunting, cake decorations, stickers, a collection box and loads more to help you host a special Coffee Morning for Macmillan.
www.macmillan.org.uk

National Inclusion Week

Date:26th September-2nd October

We are the UK’s first and leading membership organisation for employers looking to build inclusive workplaces. We offer consultancy, training and thought leadership, to help you make inclusion an everyday reality at your place of work. We work with a variety of organisations in the public, private and third sectors and provide bespoke initiatives to help build inclusive cultures.

“Education is the best provision for old age”

Clint Eastwood

Special Days

5th September

  • International Day of Charity

6th-12th September

  • Migraine Awareness Week

10th September

  • World Suicide Prevention Day

13th September

  • World Sepsis Day

14th September

  • Holy Cross Day – (Christian)

15th September

  • International Day of Democracy

21st September

  • International Day of Peace

23rd September

  • Autumn Equinox (season)
  • Bi Visibility Day

24th September

  • World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with MacMillan

25th-27th September

  • Rosh Hashana* – Jewish New Year- (Jewish)

26th-2nd Oct

  • National Inclusion Week

26th-4th Oct

  • Navaratri** -(Hindu Holiday)

28th September

  • Fast of Gedaliah – (Jewish Observance)

29th September

  • St.Michael & All Angels

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events August 2022

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this image contains information on Krishna Janmashtami
This image is the logo for Step up for breastfeeding

World Breast Feeding Week

Date: 1st-7th August

Encourages breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies.
www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org

This image is the logo for international youth day

International Youth Day

Date: 12th August

Raises awareness of issues affecting young people around the world.
www.un.org

This image is the LGBTQ+ flag

Manchester Pride – The Big Weekend

Date: 27th-30th August

Manchester Pride is a registered charity that campaigns for equality and challenges discrimination; creates opportunity for engagement and participation and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) life. The charity fundraises for LGBT and HIV projects in Greater Manchester by staging a number of events throughout the year, including the award wining Manchester Pride Festival.
www.manchesterpride.com

“The worst from of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal”

Aristotle

Special Days

1st-7th August

  • World Breastfeeding Week

6th August

  • Transfiguration – (Christian)

6th-7th August

  • Fast of Tisha B’Av (end of the three weeks of mourning) – (Jewish Observance)

7th-8th August

  • Ashura* – (Islam)

11th August

  • Raksha Bandhan** – (Hindu holiday)

12th August

  • International Youth Day

15th August

  • Assumption of Mary – (Christian)

18th August

  • Krishna Janmashtami** (Birthday Lord Krishna) – (Hindu festival)

27th-30th August

  • Manchester Pride

29th August

  • Summer Bank holiday

30th August

  • Ganesh Chaturthi** – (Hindu holiday)

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – July 2022

Topics for this month:

Sexing

Sexting is when people share a sexual message and/or a naked or semi-naked image, video or text message with another person. It’s also known as nude image sharing.

Children, young people or adults may consent to sending a nude image of themselves. They can also be forced or coerced into sharing images by their peers or adults online.

Even if a child, young person or adult originally shares the image consensually, they have no control over how other people might use it.

If the image is shared around peer groups, it may lead to bullying and isolation. Perpetrators of abuse may circulate a nude image more widely and use this to blackmail them and/or groom them for further sexual abuse.

It’s a criminal offence to create or share explicit images of a child, even if the person doing it is a child. If sexting is reported to the police, they will make a record but may decide not to take any formal action against a young person

You should know what to do if you ever need to help a young person who has received or sent an explicit image, video or message; or had an image shared without their consent.

Children, young people, or adult who are involved in a sexting incident might have:

  • shared an image of themselves
  • received an image from someone else
  • shared an image of someone else more widely.

This may have happened with or without consent of all the people involved. And children may have been coerced or pressured into giving consent.

Sometimes a child/young person/adult might tell you directly that they have been involved in sexting. Or they might mention something which gives you cause for concern. Other times you might notice that a young person is behaving differently or being bullied, and the sexting might come to light when you try to find out what’s going on.

Sometimes you might overhear a conversation or see something that makes you worried.

Never wait for a child/young person to tell you directly that they have been involved in sexting. You should follow your organisation’s policy and procedures and make your nominated child protection lead aware of the situation as soon as possible.

Talking to a young person who has been involved in sexting.

If you’re talking to a young person who has been involved in sexting, it’s important to remain calm, reassuring and non-judgmental.  Give them time to talk and check that you understand what they have said.

They should talk to the young people involved, to find out what’s happened, how they are feeling and what support they need.

Your nominated child protection lead should try to find out:

  • if it’s an image, video or message
  • who sent it
  • who is featured in it
  • if there were any adults involved
  • if it’s on an organisational or personal device.

Safeguarding and child protection should be the main concern of any investigation into a sexting incident, and you should avoid criminalising young people unnecessarily.

What to do with a sexting image

It’s best practice never to view any sexting images. If the image is on a device belonging to your organisation, you need to isolate it so that nobody else can see it. This may involve blocking the network to all users.

You should never copy, print or share sexual images of a child or young person (Childnet, 2016; UKCCIS, 2017a and 2017b).

Getting an explicit image removed from the internet

To get an explicit image removed from the internet you can:

  • report the image to the site or network hosting it
  • contact the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
  • encourage the child or young person to get in touch with Childline

Help for children and you people call Childline on 0800 1111

How to respond if someone discloses, they are being harmed or abused.

The NSPCC have produced a short animated video to help in responding appropriately and sensitively to disclosures. Whilst it is aimed at child disclosures, the approach can be used in any challenging or emotive conversations.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/2019/let-children-know-you-re-listening/

Increase your summer travel safety.

ProtectUK, the government’s new central hub for counter terrorism and security advice, have published guidance for those looking to travel abroad during the summer holidays.

As travel restrictions across the globe continue to ease, and more travellers begin planning their international travel, we want to remind you of the importance of staying safe abroad.

For some, going abroad is one of the many moments in the year to wind down, enjoy new experiences, and create great memories. 

Before going abroad, it is important to think about your security. You should be vigilant at all times when travelling, from preparation of baggage to exploring your new location. To help you stay safe, Protect UK recommend watching their Stay Safe Abroad video.

This video (link below) shows you how you can apply the RUN. HIDE. TELL. approach in the unlikely event of an incident. 

https://www.protectuk.police.uk/sites/default/files/2021-08/05%20-%20RHT%20International%20-%20Industry%20Film%20-%20Run%20Hide%20Tell%20%5BPresentations%5D.mp4

Remember:

RUN – to a safe place. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

HIDE – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.

TELL – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to. For all EU countries call 112. 

They also recommend reading the latest travel advice on the country you are visiting before travelling via the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

For more information, please visit: https://www.protectuk.police.uk/

Online Safety Bill put on hold

Plans for new internet safety laws have been put on hold until a new prime minister is in place in the autumn.

The Online Safety Bill aims to lay down rules in law about how platforms should deal with harmful content. The bill is currently at report stage, which means MPs can discuss amendments. It was expected to clear the Commons later in July before proceeding to the House of Lords.

The bill’s aims are to:

  • prevent the spread of illegal content and activity such as images of child abuse, terrorist material and hate crimes, including racist abuse
  • protect children from harmful material
  • protect adults from legal – but harmful – content

The legislation largely puts the onus on the tech giants, like Meta – previously Facebook – and Google, to figure out how it would meet those aims. It also empowers Ofcom as a regulator to police whether they do a good enough job.

Firms that fail to comply with the new rules could face fines of up to £18m, or 10% of their annual global turnover, whichever is highest.

The bill also requires pornography websites to use age verification technology to stop children from accessing the material on their sites, and there will be a duty for the largest social media platforms and search engines to prevent fraudulent advertising.

For more information on this, please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62158287

The infographic attached to this month’s bulletin shows what to expect when the bill moves into law, and also what can be done now to ensure a safer online world for children and young people.

Samaritans Awareness month July 2022

Throughout July, the Samaritans are running an awareness-raising campaign ‘Talk to Us’, to remind people that they are there for anyone who needs someone to listen. The message is whoever you are, and whatever you are going though and struggling to cope, you can talk about it to them and get help.

They aim to share one simple message: ‘Talk to us, and we will listen 24/7’

How can the Samaritans help & what they do?

Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. They are there, day or night, for anyone who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, but also about taking action to prevent the crisis. They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others, and they encourage, promote, and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.

In Prisons, Schools, Hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That is why they work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

During 2021, around 22,000 people volunteered their time for Samaritans.

  • Almost 20,000 trained listening volunteers responded to calls for help.
  • Around 2,500 volunteers supported the running of more than 200 branches and locations across the UK and Ireland.
  • Over 1,300 people in prison volunteered as trained listeners.

Exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them.

Confidentiality- if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open up and talk about their feelings.

Non-judgemental- Samaritans want people to be able to talk without fear of prejudice or rejection.

People making their own decisions- they believe that people have the right to find their own solution and that telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them.

Human contact- Giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair.

Contact and support

Whatever you are going through, you can call the Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE- on 116 123

There is also a Samaritans Self-Help on their website to provide a type of support that you can use without having to discuss your feelings with someone else. It will help you learn safe, memorable techniques for coping with things that are troubling you, through a range of interactive features. It can also help you plan to stay safe in a crisis and keep track of things you can do away from the app to help yourself feel better.

Samaritans Self-Help is a web application that you can use online in your browser or install on a computer or smartphone. It is not monitored by our volunteers, and we can’t see what you write in it. Any feedback you leave on it via the sidebar will also remain anonymous.

Writing a letter can be a personal and safe way for you to get your feelings across. It might be too upsetting to talk about certain things on the phone and writing everything down can help you work through it. This has proved to help people take the first steps to getting help…

If you do not have easy access to a computer or telephone, or just do not like email or talking on the phone, you can write free to:

Freepost SAMARITANS LETTERS

For more information or advice please visit

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Disability Awareness Day

As part of Disability Awareness Day which took place on the 17th of July, INEGE, an online safety hub, have been looking at how technology can make a positive difference for people living with disabilities.

This article focuses on five apps and websites that can be used to support individuals with autism

Helpful Examples of How Technology Can Support Children with Autism – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

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