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Sandwell Safer 6: Help keep children safe online – FREE webinar

If you are a parent or carer, do you know what your children are doing online?

Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team are taking part in Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign by offering FREE online safety (Extremism) and Prevent sessions. Parents/carers and adult members of the community can join the free online session on 19 October and 21 October and receive tips and advice to keep young people safe online.

Top tips include:

  • Turn on filters/parent control settings
  • Set accounts on private and report any issues through the apps
  • Be ‘share aware’
  • Keep up to date with online safety – the online world changes quickly
  • Know where to access further support

Parents are encouraged to talk openly to their children about their online activity and help them understand what is safe and unsafe. The internet is a great tool, but can also be a tricky place to navigate with some misleading information.

The sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams and will provide key information on popular apps and social media, as well as links for further advice and support. If you need help to get onto Microsoft Teams, please email prevent_inbox@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07717 427057.

Sandwell Council’s Prevent team, which works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism, will also be explaining what Prevent is and how to report concerns.

The session times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 19 October 2021 – 5.30pm – 6.15pm
  • Thursday 21 October 2021 – 5.30pm – 6.15pm

For more information and to join at one of the times above, please visit -> https://bit.ly/sandwellprevent

Sandwell Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Maria Crompton said: “The internet is a great resource for young people. However, with social media and the internet becoming an increasing part of young people’s lives and a hub for interaction with peers, they may be vulnerable to being targeted by those who wish to harm them.  By giving parents or carers the information about how to stay safe online we can stop the perpetrators in their tracks.”


Anti-Slavery Day: Monday, 18th October 2021

The Medaille Trust is a national charity with a mission to provide refuge and freedom from modern slavery. They are one of the largest provider of supported safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in the UK. Their Moving on Project is to raise awareness around support to adult female survivors of modern slavery, exploitation and trafficking for Anti-Slavery Day.

The charity provides help with:
• Casework and befriending
• Physical and mental wellbeing
• Education, employment and volunteering
• Community activities
• Independent living and access to justice.

The Medaille Trust cover the West Midlands and women can complete a self- referral form or be referred by professionals.

For more information please contact Katie Moreton at K.Moreton@medaille-trust.org.uk

Visit the website


Homelessness Sunday: 10th October 2021

Did you know that within the UK, over 120,000 young people aged between 16 -25 were homeless, or at risk of being homeless, last year.

YMCA Black Country have produced a short recording about the support that they provide to over 350 young people every week, who are residing within their accommodation projects.

Find out about YMCA’s Open Door project, that provides accommodation for young people who are homeless and how you can help by becoming a host.


“Understanding Extremism” training – FREE to attend: October 2021

The Sandwell Council Prevent Team are pleased to offer FREE Understanding Extremism training for community groups & staff.

This training explores issues relating to the ideology of global jihadism and the Extreme Far Right and also covers: The Prevent Strategy, including case studies of extremism and radicalisation.

Session Content:

  • Building resilience to terrorist narratives;
  • Understanding influencing factors;
  • Safeguarding and Prevent;
  • Signs and symbols of extremist groups;
  • Q&A with experienced staff

plus … Certificate upon completion.

There is also the opportunity to hear from two guest speakers:

Dave Allport – Founder and Director of REWIND UK
Dave has been challenging racism and extremism for over 25 years in Sandwell. He specialises in the Extreme Far-Right and has worked as a Home Office intervention provider, working with over 200 individuals including members of the EDL, National Front, and many more. His organisation, Rewind UK, now delivers training to schools and organisations.

Sarfraz Khan – Sandwell Childrens Trust Prevent Youth Officer
Sarfraz has been at the forefront of Sandwell’s Prevent work for over 10 years, working as the Youth Officer across the Council and the Children’s Trust. He specialises in ‘Islamist’ and ISIS- inspired terrorism and its ideological foundations and has worked with numerous young people in Sandwell. He also delivers Prevent training to organisations across the borough.

The training takes place on Thursday, 21st October 2021 from 1pm to 3pm and will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams (no software required!)

If you are interested, please email: prevent_inbox@sandwell.gov.uk


ACT Early Partnership with Netmums

August has seen the continuation of the partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and Netmums to highlight the ACT Early website, which is for parents, friends and families who are concerned about loved ones at risk of radicalisation.

Through the partnership, ACT Early content is being housed and promoted on the Netmums.com site and its social media channels.  The content includes articles, videos and an interactive forum where parents can ask questions of expert practitioners on the risks of radicalisation.

It can all be found at: Netmums.com/act-early.

Thousands have parents have already learned more about the work of Prevent and how to protect their own children from the risks of radicalisation and other forms of online grooming.


Police and Crime Plan Consultation

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, wants to hear what people’s priorities are, what crimes they are most concerned about and their views on the way the police is funded.

A PCC’s term is normally four years, but the pandemic delayed last May’s voting by 12 months so on this occasion it will be a three year term. Simon Foster has already committed to ensuring 450 new police officers are recruited and deployed to local communities across the region. Some of the PCC’s priorities include tackling knife crime and domestic abuse. His Police and Crime Plan will set out a much wider range of policy objectives and the PCC wants to hear the views of the public before writing it.

The consultation will run until 10.00 am on 14th September 2021.

The new West Midlands Police and Crime Plan is set to be published in October once it has been considered by the cross-party Police and Crime Panel.

The consultation is also available in other formats on request.

For further information on the consultation, click here.

 


Sandwell’s Council’s iTrust Programme selected as a top finalist in public service excellence awards

Sandwell Council’s iTrust Programme – which supported families against youth crime – has been announced as a finalist in the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative category of the prestigious Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Annual Service Awards 2021, following a rigorous selection process.

The awards recognise the front-line service teams and special initiatives delivered by local authorities and their public sector partners across the United Kingdom, and will be presented in Birmingham in September.

The judges looked for evidence of good management and leadership, as well as clear communication to stakeholders. They examined how the project overcame challenges and creatively tackled problems. And they scrutinised the evidence that the project achieved what it set out to do, and provided value and benefits to its customers and citizens.

iTrust (Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Programme) was developed by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations and West Midlands Police Sandwell Partnership Team to meet the principles of the national Troubled Families Programme which included early identification of those children and families at greatest risk.

The programme worked with children in years six and seven in the Smethwick and West Bromwich police impact areas and, by taking an approach based on very early intervention, aimed to engage children at this key transition period in school life.

The project engaged with 28 primary and secondary schools in the two towns, seeking to provide ‘universal’ activities for 700 children and ‘targeted’ activities for 85 children. It significantly exceeded these goals, with over 1,500 children attending universal sessions and 241 receiving individual mentoring support.

The winners will be announced at the APSE Service Awards 2021 on Thursday, 9 September, at The ICC in Birmingham.

For more information, read the iTrust Sandwell evaluation report.


Become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT)

Are you 16 years or over and live in either Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Birmingham and the wider West Midlands? Are you passionate about the NHS and want to make a difference by helping shape the future of mental health, learning disability and children’s services?

If so, why not nominate yourself in this year’s governor elections to become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT). As a Governor, you will sit on our Assembly of Governors and represent your own views and the views of local people, as well as have the opportunity to shape the future and delivery of services that better meet the needs of the people that we serve.

To be a governor, all you need to have is enthusiasm and commitment for the role and an interest in your local NHS services. Whilst the role of the governor is a voluntary one, you will receive on-going training and support to give you the confidence and skills as well as the right knowledge to enable you to take on this important role.

If this is an opportunity that you have been looking for, don’t delay in submitting your application online, from Wednesday 2 June.  Nominations close at 5 pm on Wednesday 30 June.

For more information about being a Governor, see how to apply, details of drop-in Zoom sessions, contacts and useful links, click here.

If you have any queries or would like to request a hard copy nomination form, contact Ciara Hutchinson at Civica Election Services on 020 8889 9203 at ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com

 


“Understanding Extremism” training – FREE to attend

The Sandwell Council Prevent Team are pleased to offer FREE Understanding Extremism training for community groups & staff.

This training explores issues relating to the ideology of global jihadism and the Extreme Far Right and also covers: The Prevent Strategy, including case studies of extremism and radicalisation.

There is also the opportunity to hear from two guest speakers:

Dave Allport – Founder and Director of REWIND UK
Dave has been challenging racism and extremism for over 25 years in Sandwell. He specialises in the Extreme Far-Right and has worked as a Home Office intervention provider, working with over 200 individuals including members of the EDL, National Front, and many more. His organisation, Rewind UK, now delivers training to schools and organisations.

Sarfraz Khan – Sandwell Childrens Trust Prevent Youth Officer
Sarfraz has been at the forefront of Sandwell’s Prevent work for over 10 years, working as the Youth Officer across the Council and the Children’s Trust. He specialises in ‘Islamist’ and ISIS- inspired terrorism and its ideological foundations and has worked with numerous young people in Sandwell. He also delivers Prevent training to organisations across the borough.

The training takes place on Wednesday 2nd June 2021 at 15:00 – 17:00 and will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams (no software required!)

If you are interested, please email: Sarfraz_Khan@sandwellchildrenstrust.org


West Midlands Police and Crime Panel seeks Independent Panel Member

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel are looking for a community-minded individual to become a member. You will act as an independent voice, sitting alongside Councillors from the seven local councils in the West Midlands area, to scrutinise the work of the elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

The West Midlands has recently elected a new Police and Crime Commissioner whose job it is to make sure West Midlands Police is run effectively and community needs are met. They set the police budget and priorities and bring together community safety and criminal justice partners to fight crime and help victims.

The Panel is an independent body that publicly scrutinises the activities and priorities of the Commissioner – acting as a critical friend by providing both constructive challenge and support. The Panel is an integral part of the governance structures for policing by promoting open, accountable and transparent decision-making.

This is an exciting opportunity for a member of the public with community-based experience and an interest in policing, community safety and victim support, to apply their insight and skills to reviewing the strategic plans, budget and performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Term of appointment:
Fixed three-year term, starting in July 2021.

Remuneration:
This is a voluntary role but travel and carers expenses can be claimed.

Training:
Induction and other appropriate training will be provided.

Time commitment:
Attendance at approximately six meetings a year plus preparation time. Meetings are usually held on Mondays 1 pm – 5 pm, across the West Midlands. Dates for the year are set in advance. More information about the Police and Crime Panel and the Independent Panel Member role is in our Recruitment Pack

See details on how to apply at www.westmidlandspcp.co.uk.  Applications forms should be returned to wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is 6 June 2021. Interviews will be week commencing 28 June 2021. The first Panel meeting will be on 12 July 2021.

For informal inquiries please contact the Panel Officer on email at wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk.

Applicants must be over 18 and live or work in the West Midlands. Please see full eligibility criteria in the recruitment pack. The Panel welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, including those with caring responsibilities.

 


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