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Bognor Arcade — Arguments at Arun over mess
by Derrick Chester, from his Facebook entry
The 2nd Feb Economy Committee at Arun was a bad tempered affair resulting in the rather surreal scene of the Chair (Cllr Andy Cooper, Con) on his feet ordering a member (Cllr Matt Stanley, LD) out the room.
Thankfully order was restored without the need for such drastic action and calm was restored.
Much of this rumpus was over a badly-handled urgent item added to the agenda the day before the meeting. This over the Arcade in Bognor Regis. The appearance of a set of plans for the possible build of apartments on the upper floors led members to believe they were discussing a proposed project, but nothing ever appears that easy.
Essentially in the dying days of the last Conservative Council Arun bought the Arcade. Although having managed to secure a varied range of retail tenants on the ground floor the upper floors are empty, are in a bad state of repair and continue to deteriorate with leaking roofs etc. Every option produced to bring the upper floors back into use thus far proved unviable and indeed this latest version is.
BUT the Council’s new regeneration consultant identified a Government fund intended to make housing schemes on brownfield sites viable, and wanted members permission to make a bid for half a million from it. That, if successful, just makes the scheme viable in the Council’s eyes.
There was no business plan yet available for members to consider, however if the bid for funding is successful only then will members consider whether to give it the go ahead or not. This will include who manages the project and the flats after completion. Disturbance and disruption to existing tenants was not considered, nor the implications for the Council’s spend of £200k on the existing roof. The go ahead was given to proceed with the grant application, and despite all the fuss there were no other options on the table.
The Committee retired into private session to consider the future of the London Road car and lorry park and unless a member feels like enlightening us we will have to await the minutes to see what was decided on that issue.
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As we enter spring and the weather starts to change between sunny spells and showers, we would like to take this opportunity to remind residents not to leave their recycling out in the rain.
Always keep your recycling bins lid closed to make sure it stays dry. If your local council collects extra recycling next to the bin, please make sure this doesn’t get wet.
If your recycling is gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled. Glass will also stick to the wet paper and cardboard resulting in these items not being recycled.
Also during the process at the Materials Recycling Facility, wet paper and cardboard will stick to the machinery and clog up the system. Always remember recycling in West Sussex must be clean, dry and loose. For more information about what you can recycle at home, check our website.
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Due to the lithium batteries contained in disposable vapes, it is important they are not disposed of in your general waste and recycling bins. This is because mixing these batteries with other waste streams is a fire hazard, and can cause fires in bins, collection vehicles and at Recycling Centres.
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News and appeals
Op Safety: Police urge people to hand over privately owned offensive weapons:
Sussex Police are asking the public to help prevent someone from harm by disposing of offensive weapons in amnesty bins found in police stations across the county.
A law which was passed in 2019, but not implemented until two-years later, makes it illegal to own an offensive weapon privately, even if they are just for display.
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More motorists convicted of drink driving in Sussex are named in court:
A delivery driver, a plumber, and a financial stock broker were among the latest motorists to be convicted for drink-driving in Sussex during a winter crackdown.
Last month officers carried out enforcement patrols and checks as part of a national campaign called Operation Limit.
A total of 233 motorists were arrested, and in keeping with previous campaigns, those convicted and disqualified for their offences are being named to raise awareness and provide a deterrent to others from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
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This month we are hosting a number of drop-in sessions for our Eastern European communities.
The first meeting will be on Wednesday 8th February between 10am-2pm at Bognor Regis Library, 69 London Road, PO21 1DE.
There will be facilities for children and practitioners available from a number of areas to provide advice and support with a focus on raising awareness of what services are available to victims of violent crime; particularly crimes directed towards women and girls.
Highland Avenue, Bognor — In the early hours of Sunday 22 January an unlocked vehicle was entered and searched through. A key was stolen. Serial 0543 23/01.
Bishops Close, Bognor — Between Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 January an outbuilding was burgled. Serial 0577 25/01.
Belmont Street, Bognor — On the morning of Tuesday 24 January a business premises was burgled. Stock was stolen. Serial 0277 24/01.
High Street, Bognor — Overnight between Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January a business premises was burgled. Stock and cash were stolen. Serial 0380 25/01.
Stoneage Close, Bognor — Overnight between Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January a vehicle was broken into. A satnav was stolen. Serial 0105 26/01.
Durlston Drive, Bognor — In the early hours of Thursday 26 January a business premises was burgled. Two arrests have been made. Serial 0067 26/01.
North Way, Bognor — In the early hours of Thursday 26 January a number plate was stolen from a vehicle. Serial 1090 27/01.
Orchard Way, Bognor — Overnight between Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January a vehicle was entered and searched through. Nothing was stolen. Serial 1286 29/01.
Littlehampton, Rustington and surrounding area –
The Cape, Littlehampton — Overnight between Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January a residence was burgled and a BMW 320I was stolen. Serial 0187 25/01.
Etherington Place, Wick — In the early hours of Saturday 28 January a Mercedes C class 250 was stolen. Serial 0523 28/01.
Coastguard Road, Littlehampton — In the early hours of Sunday 29 January a business premises was burgled. Serial 0102 29/01.
Arundel, Barnham and surrounding area –
Church Lane, Eastergate — Overnight between Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January a residence was burgled. A bag, mobile phone and a silver Jaguar V6 were stolen. Serial 0228 26/01.
Nyton Road, Eastergate — In the early hours of Thursday 26 January an attempt was made to burgle a residence. Serial 0424 26/01.
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News and appeals
Two arrested after West Sussex dangerous driving spree:
Two people have been arrested in connection with intentionally driving a vehicle into members of the public in a campaign of destruction across West Sussex.
Police received a number of reports of a black Audi Q7 colliding with vehicles in Walberton, Yapton and the surrounding areas on Saturday morning (21 January).
A search for the vehicle was launched and, shortly before 7pm on Saturday, a black Audi Q7 was found burned out in a field in Findon.
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Pedestrian seriously injured in Bognor Regis collision:
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision in Bognor Regis.
Officers were called to Woodlands Road at around 4.40pm on Saturday, 14 January, to reports of a collision involving a silver vehicle and a pedestrian. The vehicle left the scene without stopping.
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Specialist Police targeting criminal kingpins once more after arresting 3,000 and seizing £100 million in drugs:
Specialist police teams dedicated to tackling organised crime across the country made more than 3,000 arrests and seized class A drugs worth over £100 million last year, as they continued to target the UK’s most serious criminals.
Throughout 2022, the nine Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) in England and Wales pursued those behind organised crime groups — referred to as OCGs — involved in the importation of drugs, people and weapons, and other criminal activity.
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Glamis Street, Bognor — Between Friday 13 and Sunday 15 January an attempt was made to burgle a residence. Serial 0771 16/01.
Highfield Road, Bognor — Between Sunday 15 and Monday 16 January a vehicle was broken into and searched through. Nothing was stolen. Serial 0270 16/01.
Highfield Road, Bognor — Between Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 January a grey Ford Transit was stolen. Serial 0484 17/01.
Longford Road, Bognor — On Tuesday 17 January a number plate was stolen from a vehicle. Serial 0830 17/01.
Rose Green Road, Bognor — In the early hours of Sunday 22 January a business premises was burgled. Serial 0186 22/01.
Central Avenue, Bognor — In the early hours of Sunday 22 January a business premises was burgled. Serial 0222 22/01.
Bedford Street, Bognor — On the evening of Sunday 22 January a business premises was burgled. A money box belonging to a charity was stolen. Serial 1170 22/01.
Littlehampton, Rustington and surrounding area –
Dappers Lane, Angmering — Between Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January a quantity of fuel was stolen. Serial 0409 20/01.
Gloucester Road, Littlehampton — Between Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January a vehicle was broken into. Jewellery, cash and clothing were some of the items stolen. Serial 0432 18/01.
Allangate Drive, Rustington — On Sunday 22 January the window of a vehicle was criminally damaged. Serial 1181 22/01.
Arundel, Barnham and surrounding area –
Grevatts Lane, Yapton — On Monday 16 January construction matting was stolen from a site. Serial 0589 17/01.
West Walberton Lane, Walberton — Between Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January all four tyres of a vehicle were criminally damaged. Serial 0230 19/01.
Barge Close, Yapton — Between Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January the wing mirror of a vehicle was criminally damaged. Serial 1174 21/01.
Fontwell Avenue, Eastergate — Between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 January a site was burgled. Tools were stolen. Serial 0712 22/01.
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Welcome from Helen Johns
Welcome to the SEND and Inclusion Newsletter February 2023!
This edition reflects a range of advice and support available to schools, settings and families in West Sussex which we hope you are taking advantage of and will access in the future. You will also meet some staff who are delivering elements of the support!
Please take note of our new SEND Advice Line which we are trialing from Monday 6th February. This will provide you with instant access to key advice and signposting where you have concerns or questions in relation to children with SEND. The trial will help us to determine the benefits of providing such a service and any changes we might want to make to enable you to be better able to meet the needs of our children and families.
We also have a piece describing a day in the life of the Portage visitor. Portage visitors support preschool children and model to families how they can support their child between visits, using signs or strategies from the session, stressing the importance of the very first steps on the education journey.
Also, a reminder about Therapeutic Thinking as we know over 70 schools have already accessed the training and are reporting back on the positive impact. The following link will take you to examples of where schools have successfully implemented therapeutic approaches: Therapeutic thinking | Tools for schools (local-offer.org).
Recently we had our own SEND and Inclusion Service development day. We reflected throughout the day on the importance of working together to support our schools, families, and each other. We considered how a whole school approach to inclusion is the key to success for our children and planning for their futures. We heard examples of the amazing work going on in our settings, schools and colleges that support our vision for children with SEND and other needs in West Sussex.
Thank you for your on-going efforts and commitment!
New Inclusion Advice Line for schools being trialed
Would you and your school benefit from more advice, guidance and support to work with children and young people with SEND?
We’re trialing a new, easy-access Inclusion Advice Line from Monday 06 February 2023, offering a safe space to discuss issues and concerns around SEND and/or inclusion anonymously before needs escalate.
Calls might be linked to individual children or could be general queries.
This service will be available to all staff working in educational settings. If you and/ or your colleagues aren’t sure where to turn or what to do, get in touch and we can help you find the way forward.
Ring 0330 222 4411 to speak to a knowledgeable and experienced advisor. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm during term time only. (Please note the line will not be manned over half term.)
This trial will run until March 10th, when we will review impact delivered.
Specialist Advisory Teachers for Transition, Year 6 to Year 7
Hello, my name is Jacqueline Martin I am one of two Specialist Advisory Teachers for Transition.
Our aim is to support some of our vulnerable learners with EHCPs as they transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
We offer support and guidance, signpost to other services and generally ensure that families and schools work together to meet the young person’s needs. Although we will not be directly teaching or assessing students, we are experienced Specialist Teachers and are able to offer oversight, guidance and support in a timely manner.
This support starts in a year 5 meeting with primary schools and parents to discuss the needs of the young person and the support offered by local secondary schools. The support we offer is tailored to suit the needs of the young person. We can attend Annual Reviews, visit schools, and support parents, SENCOs, and the young people themselves. We work closely with the area teams within SENAT, attending considerations meetings, working with Planning Co-ordinators, Special Needs Officers and Team Managers.
The allocation of our caseloads is undertaken by Team Managers. Schools can raise the possibility of an enhanced transition service should it be identified as a cause for concern with their Special Needs Officer.
Introducing Micki Garner as a SEN & Inclusion Adviser
My name is Micki Garner, I am a new SEN & Inclusion Adviser, who joined the SEN & Inclusion advisory team in January.
I currently work for the team on Mondays alongside working as a SENCO at a local four form entry Primary school. I am a qualified Primary school Teacher who has taught across KS1 and KS2 and I have achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination (NASENC) and an MAEd, specialising in Special Educational needs.
With 25 years’ experience of completing a variety of roles in Primary education and 8 years working as a SENCO and managing two SSC’s, I have lots of knowledge and experience in supporting children with SEND and the adults who work with them. I am passionate about helping children to achieve their full potential and supporting staff and parents to enable them to do so.
Introducing Gavin Jones as a SEN & Inclusion Adviser
Many many years ago I trained as an Outdoor Education Teacher, specialising in teaching pupils with SEND.
Initially, I taught in special schools for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties before a change to lead an Outdoor Education Centre for a number of years.
My return to the classroom was as a teacher in a special support centre for pupils with Social Communication needs, developing my experience to later take up the position of SENCo and Teacher in Charge of the SSC; completing my NASENCo qualification at this time.
Having been in this post for 9 years I crossed the border to become the Deputy Head Teacher of a Primary School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs in Hampshire.
The draw of West Sussex clearly remained however, and I returned after 3 ½ years to join the Learning and Behaviour Advisory Team and subsequently, stepping across to work as a SEND and Inclusion Adviser from January this year.
In this new role I am particularly looking forward to working with colleagues to guide and support school leaders and SENCOs in their ambition to plan and provide high quality inclusive learning and aspirational outcomes for each pupil in their school.
SEND and Inclusion Adviser
Training sessions for professionals working in the social care system
As part of the Research and Improvement for SEND Excellence (RISE) programme funded by the Department of Education, we will be delivering training sessions in February and March on Social Care, SEND, and Co-production.
This workshop was designed specifically to meet an area of need for professionals working in the children’s social care system, following a workforce survey conducted by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and NDTi. The objectives include:
- Increase your understanding of the opportunities for co-production in social care and SEND
- Increase your knowledge and skills in communicating with disabled children and young people in the context of social care and SEND
- Learn from CDC’s previous DfE funded programme on Transforming Culture and Practice in Social Care
- Reflect and share local strengths and challenges with colleagues from other local areas.
If you work in the children’s social care system and are interested in improving your understanding and knowledge of Social Care, SEND and Co-Production, we encourage you to visit the link below to view dates and register. The workshop is being delivered multiple times and will take place online, using MS Teams, so please select the training date that suits you best. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/send-workforce-social-care-send-and-co-production-tickets-444020135177
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Thamara Moncada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EMTAS offer has expanded
The Ethnic Minority & Traveller Achievement Service is pleased to announce that the team has expanded.
This comes in response to the arrival of significant numbers of new refugee pupils in West Sussex, particularly those from Afghanistan and Ukraine. As a result, we have increased our available support for schools as outlined below.
In addition to our existing Portuguese and Bangladeshi bilingual staff, we now have liaison officers in the team who speak Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian and Bulgarian. We are also in the process of recruiting Pashto and Dari bilingual staff to support Afghan refugees, as well as a part-time French Creole speaker to support the Chagossian community (originally from the Chagos Islands, currently living in the Crawley area).
All bilingual liaison officers are able to support with:
- communication between parents and school
- advice and support for EAL parents
- joint meetings between parents, school staff and other professionals
- First Language Assessments, where appropriate
- limited direct intervention work with individual EAL children, where appropriate
We have also increased our advisory capacity, welcoming two new advisory teachers on the Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) side of our team. The areas now covered by our five EMA Advisory Teachers are as follows:
Francesca Mancilla (Francesca.email@example.com) — Bilingshurst, Bognor Regis & Felpham, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath & Cuckfield, Hassocks
Joanna Stogiewicz (Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org) — Barnham & Westergate, Chichester, Manhood, Southbourne
Pawel Wojtas (email@example.com) — Horsham, Lancing, Rother Valley, Steyning & Storrington
Teresa Haynes (Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org) — Crawley & East Grinstead
Vicky Lyons (Vicky.email@example.com) — Angmering, Durrington, Littlehampton, Shoreham, Worthing
Our advisory support for Traveller Education Support (TES) remains the same:
Clare Painting (firstname.lastname@example.org) — All schools in the north of the county
Kate Brown (email@example.com) — All schools in the south of the county
EMTAS is primarily funded by maintained schools , however our full EMTAS offer continues to also be available to academy settings through the purchase of set packages. These include blocks of seven hours of advisory and family liaison support, half day or twilight training session or attendance at an EMTAS network meeting or online training session.
In addition, due to specific funding aligned to national refugee resettlement schemes, we can now provide support for individual Afghan, Ukrainian or Syrian refugee pupils free of charge to all settings (including academies) where needed. For any Afghan, Ukrainian or Syrian refugee children, there is now no charge for advisory support (including pupil observations or First Language Assessments) or bilingual support from our new liaison officers, subject to available capacity within the team. Please speak to a member of the team if you have any questions about this.
For further information regarding the EMTAS offer, including our regular network meetings, online training, support for Traveller families and available resources, please contact:
- Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Traveller Education Support (TES): email@example.com
- Or visit our pages on the Tools For Schools website: Ethnic minority groups | Tools for schools (local-offer.org)
We look forward to continuing to support schools in 2023.
A day in the life of a Portage Home Visitor…
As a service we thought we would share what a day in the life of a Portage Home Visitor is like…
My name is Hannah and I work as a Portage Home Visitor based in Chichester.
My background is in teaching, having worked in various schools for over 20 years, and I have worked as a PHV now for nearly 4 years.
So, what is Portage?
Firstly, it is a fantastic job, very rewarding and every day is different! It is a home visiting educational service for preschool children who have additional needs. Referrals are made by health visitors, paediatricians, and families themselves. A child does not need a diagnosis to access the service. I currently support 8 families each week.
I work with each family for up to 6 months, spending the first 6 weeks getting to really know the child. After this time, I set targets in discussion with the family, which are then sent to any other professionals involved, especially the nursery. These targets usually focus on communication, language, attention, physical and sensory needs, social interaction, or emotional regulation. Every child is unique, and their targets will reflect this.
Each week, I plan a session which builds towards achieving these goals. The sessions last around an hour at the same time and day each week, and involve toys and games matched to the needs of the child. I use books, puzzles, playdough, singing bag, bubbles, parachute, sensory games and much much more! I try to make the sessions fun and positive. The parent is encouraged to join in with the session (learning can be greatly accelerated when this happens) and I model how families can support their child between visits, using signs or strategies from the session.
Where appropriate, we teach simple Makaton signs, use visual symbols and Now/Next cards to develop effective communication skills. I carry big bags of toys with me, and my car is very full of stuff. I even carry around half a drainpipe — lots of fun to roll balls down!
Part of our session is devoted to family focus time. This is an opportunity to signpost families to other services or groups, listen to any worries they may have or help guide them through the many systems that often come with a child who has additional needs. I will liaise with other professionals involved with the family such as Speech and Language therapists, Educational Psychologists, Health Visitors, Nurseries, Specialists Nurses to name but a few. We’re all working to achieve the best outcomes for the child.
Portage is based on small, positive, and achievable goals. We always focus on what a child can do rather than what they can’t. I enjoy working so closely with all my families and really making a difference to their lives. A colleague in our Crawley team also added that she ‘loves to support families and empower them to play with their children.’ She summarised that it’s like leaving a ‘lasting legacy and it is extremely rewarding to be a part of the journey with a family.’
Some of the services listed in this newsletter or on the Local Offer site are provided by private service providers and not by West Sussex County Council. These do not have a recommendation or endorsement from the local authority. If you decide to use a service / provision, you should be aware that you are responsible for doing your own checks to ensure they are suitable and fit for purpose. West Sussex County Council will not be liable for any damages or losses suffered by anyone who relies on the information in this newsletter.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CRIME PREVENTION FREE WEBINAR SERIES
We are delighted to invite you to attend our free crime prevention webinars running during February.
Each webinar will be delivered by Neighbourhood Watch with an expert speaker on each of the topics of knife crime, burglary prevention and scams. Places are free but limited. We traditionally fill places very quickly so book your place soon to avoid disappointment. As our webinars are very popular, we ask that you only book a place if you intend to attend, to open spaces for others.
The PREVENTING BURGLARY WITH WIDEN and UNDERSTANDING THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SCAMS webinars will each be run twice — you only need to book on one of those, not both.
The EXPLOITATION, GANGS AND KNIFE CRIME AWARENESS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS is a two-part course; and we ask that ONLY PARENTS AND CARERS attend those and that you commit to attending both sessions.
More about each webinar
PREVENTING BURGLARY WITH WIDEN
Dates and times: 14th Feb 1pm — 2pm and 22nd Feb 6pm — 7pm — please attend one session only
Speaker: Inspector Matt Coe, Sergeant Matt Coe, Crime Prevention, London Safety Centre
Sergeant Matt Coe is going to lead us through a webinar on burglary prevention and the importance of keeping your property safe and working with your neighbours. Matt has worked in the Metropolitan Police for the last 21 years, his early career was spent working in a variety of departments, from neighbourhoods policing to intelligence and surveillance, on promotion Matt ran the counter pickpocket and theft teams across Westminster where his passion for crime prevention was born. Since 2012 Matt has worked in crime prevention related roles covering the design and guidance for new housing in London, introducing new legislation and leading an innovative collaboration with the Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service to reduce demand across all three services. Additionally Matt leads on Crime Prevention as a subject matter expert and is the Crime Prevention training lead for the Metropolitan Police.
UNDERSTANDING THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SCAMS
Dates: 15th Feb, 3.30–4.30pm and 28th Feb, 5.30–6.30pm — please attend one session only
Speaker: Paul Maskall from the Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)
Back by popular demand, Paul Maskall will host a fireside chat on the psychology of scams and explain why scammers are so effective at their crimes. This fascinating insight into the way cyber criminals identify targets, often using data sold to them by other criminals, execute scams which use emotional blackmail and rational reasoning.
Although a scary topic, the much better news is that he will teach you how to question and swiftly deal with approaches from the criminal fraternity. An unmissable opportunity to learn more about cybercrime and fraud.
EXPLOITATION, GANGS AND KNIFE CRIME AWARENESS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Dates: Tues 21st Feb, 7–9pm and Tues 28th Feb, 7–9pm (Both should be attended to take full advantage of this opportunity.)
Speaker: The workshops are hosted by The Ben Kinsella Trust and they will be facilitated by Anoushka Dunic and Patrick Green.
Parents and carers will gain a greater understanding and awareness of gangs, knife crime and how to keep young people safe. Parenting children and young adults is hard. Sometimes it can be scary and overwhelming, with news stories and social media influencing how safe we feel our children are and the risks they may face in today’s climate.
These two workshops help you learn more about what is regular teenage behaviour and what might be signs that a young person in your care is vulnerable to being groomed or exploited by others. During the 2-week workshop, you will develop an understanding of the following topics:
Week 1 — Tuesday 21st of February 2023, 7–9pm
- Introduction to the work of The Ben Kinsella Trust
- “Attachment” and “peer” orientation
- Stress and how this affects brain development and behaviour of young people
- Why some children may be vulnerable to being exploited
- Stages and signs of exploitation
- Free resources for parents
Week 2 — Tuesday 28th February 2023, 7–9pm
- What street gangs are, what they do, how and why
- Language, social media, and drill music
- The risks involved in gang lifestyles
- County lines
- Trauma experienced by those affected by gangs
- Why exploited children and young adults may resist help and support
- Building resilience within the family and community
- Further support available for families
We hope to see you at one of the workshops.
Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network
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