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Free training on Hate Crime

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new eLearning package on Hate Crime. Introduction to hate crime Level 1 is a basic awareness course developed in partnership with Dudley Safe and Sound and Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board.

This awareness package has been designed for multi-agency staff and volunteers who have contact with people who may need support around hate crimes. It is important that everyone is able to understand the basics of hate crimes and how to raise a concern so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Course aims
• To define Hate Crime
• Raise awareness of different types of Hate Crime
• To understand what indicators to look for
• To understand how to respond to it.

The free training is available via this link.

Charity Finance Group is Supporting Charities to Tackle Fraud

Fraud is estimated to cost the charity sector £1.9bn every single year. This is money which is being syphoned off from charities and the beneficiaries we serve.

Charities are awake to this threat and many are leading the way with robust counter fraud policies.

But we know that others are still grappling with this constantly-evolving criminal threat.

This is why we created the Counter Fraud Pledge which both acknowledged the work that charities are doing to combat fraud and guided you through the steps to prevent fraud in your organisation.

The interest in the pledge was great and we were so pleased that so many charities took part. Now its time for us to review the pledge and how CFG can continue to strengthen the sector.

Read the full article and the pledge at www.cfg.org.uk/fraudpledge

Source: Charity Finance Group

No Excuse for Abuse

Being confined to our homes is stressful and can be an emotionally challenging time for all of us, but even more so for those who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse whether physical or mental.

We know already that there is a lot of evidence of the infliction of abuse getting worse for some people, or that they are experiencing abuse for the first time in their home. There is no excuse for domestic abuse, no matter the situation we find ourselves in.

Everyone copes with experiencing domestic abuse in different ways, including using excessive alcohol or drug misuse. We also know the long-term impact of using these coping mechanisms and we want to make sure that anyone using these methods to cope with their experience of domestic abuse that they still have support options in place.

Click here for further advice from West Midlands Police and for agencies who offer help and support.

Charities too Complacent About Cyber-Crime

Charities are too complacent about the risk of cyber-crime, a leading insurer has warned.

Research carried out by Ecclesiastical Insurance found the majority of charities (81%) believe they are ‘fully prepared’ to deal with a cyber-attack. Good service from an IT provider (48%) is the main reason for charities feeling secure, while clear protocols and procedures is cited by 17%.

But many charities don’t have adequate systems in place to prevent a cyber breach, the insurer warned. The research found just half (52%) have a cybersecurity plan in place, while fewer have a specific cyber risk management plan (42%) or cyber insurance (42%) in case the worst happens.

Attacks on charities have been steadily rising in recent years and a third of respondents believe the risk of a cyber-attack has increased in the past year, rising to 40% among larger charities.

To read the full Charity Today news story click here.

Source: Charity Today

Sikh Helpline presents: ‘Spotlight on Domestic Abuse’

Sikh Helpline, in association with Black Country Women’s Aid and West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, would like to invite you to their first upcoming event on Saturday, 21 March 2020, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, at ASAN The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL.  It is a free event.

‘Spotlight on’ Domestic Abuse’ will focus on raising awareness on domestic abuse for volunteers and the wider community, whilst providing a support platform and network teams for victims of abuse.

The event will consist of speakers, workshops and the opportunity to network with local providers. There will be presentations from guest speakers including West Midlands Public Protection Unit, Black Country Women’s Aid and a personal experience of domestic abuse from survivor Sarnjit Flora.

A complimentary lunch will also be included.  Sikh Helpline we look forward to your attendance.

Spaces are limited so register for your free ticket at  https://www.sikhhelpline.com/event



Victims Summit at Villa Park

David Jamieson, the Police and Crime Commissioner, would like to invite you to the 2020 Victims Summit on the 27th of February 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm at Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Birmingham B6 6HE.

The Summit will bring together services he has commissioned, regionally and locally, as a result of recommendations made by the Victims Commission. The Commission has played an integral role, assisting him to shape delivery for victims of crime across the region and over the past 5 years he has commissioned some new and innovative projects to support victims in ways which are meaningful to them.

The Summit will address ‘Online Abuse and Technological Victimisation’ which will be the theme of the summit.

The morning will address challenges of online abuse and tech victimisation from the perspective of survivors/victims, an academic from BCU and providers funded to support victims through the PCC’s Office. The Victims’ Commissioner, Vera Baird, will also give an overview of the work being undertaken by her office in 2020.

The afternoon slot will address remedies and support available for victims from the point of view of NSPCC, Refuge’s specialist Tech Abuse Service and a panel made up of all the speakers.

Please book your place via Eventbrite.