Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is working together with the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) on their priority of preventing violence and exploitation (PoVE), alongside Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB), and the Safer Sandwell Partnership (SSP). Jointly we are working towards the shared ambition of keeping communities and individuals safe and ensuring that we are preventing violence and exploitation within the borough, as well as providing the right level of support at the earliest possible stage.
PoVE covers a range of types of violence and exploitation including child sexual exploitation (CSE), public place violence, elderly abuse, modern day slavery (MDS), and online abuse. The key objectives are to identify and understand the needs in Sandwell, to raise awareness of violence and exploitation, integrate and establish working practice to support the prevention of violence and exploitation, and to support victims of violence and exploitation enabling their recovery.
Any relevant information about the project or types of violence and exploitation will be posted on this webpage. It will provide information on things to be aware of, as well as guidance and information that can support professionals or provide advice and tips to parents and young people.
Please find below information we think is important to share parents and professionals to safeguarding children and Young people against potential violence and exploitation:
APPS to be aware off:
The Yellow app has been dubbed “Tinder for kids” and as a potential “free-for-all for sexual predators”. See related article.
The Monkey app is being described as an app that enables you to have Facetime with random strangers. Once you are registered, ‘Monkey’ will try to connect you with people from across the world of a similar age. Once connected, both users have to ‘add tine’ to continue with the FaceTime, otherwise the chat will disconnect. It’s rated as being suitable for over 12’s
Please see the CSE Social Media Library for a general awareness of Apps.
The Gallery Guardian is an app that detects when children take or receive explicit images. It send alerts to parents.
Please look at this link to the NSPCC website on sexting. There is advise for parents etc. on how to talk to their children. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/
Also find attached a CSE Acronyms that could be useful to be aware off.
CSE training resource ‘Keep Them Safe’– for parents and professionals:
This is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE, and what to do if you think a child is being exploited.