On-line child sexual abuse: a social emergency

Child exploitation campaigners have warned of a looming “social emergency” after a report by the NSPCC suggested more than half a million men in the UK may have viewed child sexual abuse images on the internet. The new figures, based on a large-scale German study this year, are far higher than previous estimates. In 2013 it was suggested that around 50,000 UK-based individuals were involved in downloading and sharing abusive images of children.

Teeswide survey on adult abuse

Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board is seeking professionals views on prevention and protection of abuse of adults, including domestic abuse. The survey closes soon so go the website now and make sure the needs of victims of domestic abuse are represented.

Operation Shield - Cleveland

Operation Shield has been launched to gather intelligence on child sexual exploitation, modern day slavery and other aspects of VEMT (Vulnerable, Exploited, Missing, Trafficked). Operation Shield will feed intelligence to the Cleveland Police VEMT team so it can increase reporting and disrupt offenders. Safeguarding Children’s Board partner agencies should use the Operation Shield reporting form to share information with the police regarding a person being vulnerable, exploited, missing or trafficked and where child sexual exploitation may be connected.

I Didn't Ask For This

Arch North East has launched its first awareness campaign – I Didn’t Ask for This. Created with students at Teesside and Durham universities, and using video, it is seeking to raise awareness about the realities of rape and sexual assault.

A Cry for Health

This report provides evidence from over 4,000 domestic abuse victims, supported in hospital and community settings. It shows that we are missing opportunities to identify victims of domestic abuse – particularly the most vulnerable. The research found that:

A Cry for Health: why we need hospital-based IDVAs

This week Safe Lives has published a report 'A Cry for Health', which provides evidence from over 4,000 domestic abuse victims, supported in hospital and community settings. It shows that we are missing opportunities to identify victims of domestic abuse – particularly the most vulnerable. It positions domestic abuse as a public health epidemic and calls for Health to be a key part of the national response to domestic abuse. Safe Lives is calling for hospital-based IDVAs to be integrated as part of a whole-system approach to support.

Opening date confirmed for new domestic abuse service for Newcastle

The new Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) will now start on 1st December 2016.  A newsletter (below in publciations section) updates stakeholders on what activity has been undertaken in the past few weeks, some facts about the new service and the contact details you need for referrals or to access general information about the support available.

Exciting secondment opportunity

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland has supported a collaborative bid by six Police & Crime Commissioners and Police Forces across the North Eastern Region (Cleveland, Northumbria, Durham, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Humberside).  The bid has been led by Vera Baird, Northumbria PCC with a view to piloting an innovative ‘whole system’ approach to tackling Domestic Abuse.

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