Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCYVS) ran an online session on Missing Children, Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation & County Lines in partnership with Catch22 as part of their ongoing support to enable the local voluntary youth sector to be as safe as possible for young people. The event was held on the evening of December 2 virtually and was free to access for organisations in their network, and was attended by 10 member groups.
The session gave an overview of the “push and pull” factors linked to Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation, Gangs, and County Lines. It also looked at critical influencers such as Social Media and Music, spotting the signs and reminders of everyone’s safeguarding responsibilities.
Feedback from participants suggested the session was both useful and interesting, with one saying “thanks for the County Lines training, it was great!”
SCVYS hosted another session with Catch 22 on December 7, which was also fully booked, continuing to help the voluntary sector workforce gain the knowledge and skills necessary to support and engage local young people safely.