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New Greater Manchester Service - Catch 22 County Lines Support and Rescue
'Catch 22 – New, County Lines Support and Rescue Service’ is commissioned by the Home Office to deliver the county lines support and rescue service in Greater Manchester.
The support offer includes a structured programme of preventative and protective interventions that will be provided in the community with specialist caseworkers.
The interventions delivered will be designed to:
- Reduce risk of Exploitation.
- Promote positive prosocial behaviours.
- Increase wellbeing.
- Reflect the needs and wishes of the service user accessing support.
Activities will include:
- A dedicated case worker who will undertake an assessment of needs, goals, and aspirations before developing a bespoke plan of support in partnership with the service use.
- Intensive 1-1 case management support using Trauma informed, Solution focussed approach.
- Restorative work to aid the service user in building positive networks and to develop and repair positive relationships.
The Rescue offer will be available from 9am until 10pm 7 days a week – Rescues will be assessed and considered if the following criteria is met:
- The Young Person is aged under 25.
- The Young Person lives within Greater Manchester.
- The Young person is found in an exploitative situation connected to County lines, outside of Greater Manchester.
- Once an initial referral has been accepted a phone call will take place in order to assess risk and circumstances regarding the Young Person. Additional criteria will be set in order to assess risk.
Visit the 'Catch 22 – New, County Lines Support and Rescue Service’ website for more information and how to refer.
7 Minute Briefing - Obesity
The SSCP have recently published a 7 Minute Briefing on the subject of childhood obesity. Obesity is a growing concern with almost a third of 11 year olds in the UK being overweight or obese. Child abuse can be a key factor linked to obesity which is difficult to identify without multiagency information sharing. Understanding the impact of obesity on the child is key.
Seven-minute briefings are based on research, which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learn. Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most services, and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures.
You can download the illustrated Obesity briefing, the accessible Obesity briefing, and a number of other 7 Minute Briefings from the dedicated 7 Minute Briefing webpage of the SSCP website.
In October 2022 the NSPCC blog discussed 'Why language matters: 'Sexting' or 'Sharing Nudes'?' The blog highlighted important considerations for professionals in how to communicate with young people about issues relating to the online world. It identified how quickly online technology and language evolves and how the language used by professionals may not be understood by young people.
The SSCP have recently reviewed the online safety pages for young people and updated these to reflect changes in language, guidance and resources. The page contains a number of links to further information and support, including a link to ChildLine's Image removal tool. The page may be of interest to professionals and parents to share with children and young people.
Anti-bullying week, 14 - 18th November 2022
In England 'Anti-bullying week' is coordinated by the Anti-bullying Alliance. Following consultations with teachers and pupils the 'Reach Out' theme was selected for this year's campaign. The awareness week is supported by CBBC, who will start of the week with 'Odd Socks Day'.
To mark Anti-Bullying Week 2022, The Anne Frank Trust is hosting an exclusive online learning event for students aged 10 and above. The Anne Frank Trust is an education charity which seeks to empower young people to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. The event will be interactive, with opportunities for young people to participate, ask questions and learn more about Anti-Bullying Week and its' importance. The event will take place on Friday 18th November 2022, 10am-11am. Registration is available through eventbrite.
More information and resources are available from the Anti-Bullying week section of the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.
Trans Awareness Week
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) takes place annually on 20th November, with Trans Awareness week occurring in the lead up to this. Trans awareness week aims to raise the visibility of transgender people, offer support, and address issues members of the community face. Vigils often take place on TDOR to remember the lives lost to anti-transgender violence.
In Salford, the local LGBTQ+ Youth Groups offer fun, supportive and safe spaces for Salford’s LGBTQ+ young people aged 13 to 18. Providing a place to make friends and connect with other LGBTQ+ people, the groups are a great place to explore identity and expression, learn about LGBTQ+ history and culture, engage with the community, and have fun. For more information on local groups visit the LGBTQ+ section of Salford City Council Youth Projects page.
Further information, support and events can be found by visiting the LGBT Foundation.
Gender Based Violence - 16 days of action
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, which is Human Rights Day. The theme for 2022 is 'UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.
Annually the campaign is usually supported by a number of organisations offering information and support. Look out for links across social media platforms during this time.
The SSCP website has lots of information about domestic abuse and local and national support services. Visit the SSCP Domestic Abuse Homepage for links, resources and toolkits.
Equality and Diversity
Our vision is to make Salford a fair and inclusive city where everyone has an equal voice, access to services and opportunities, and are included and represented in decisions that affect them, irrespective of their age, disability status, ethnicity, faith, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. Salford has a strong commitment to tackling inequality which is reflected in The Salford Way, a city-wide approach to ensure partners work together to build a fairer and more inclusive Salford for all. A key part of this approach is the Salford Equality Strategy our catalyst for change to ensure we work together to build a fairer and more inclusive Salford for all.
All partners of the SSCP are required to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are a thread through all our priorities/activity, as are the views and voices of young people.
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