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Western Bay Safeguarding

Western Bay Safeguarding

National Safeguarding Week 13th - 17th November 2017

We can ALL help to protect vulnerable children and adults at risk

As part of National Safeguarding Week, we're making sure everyone has the right information they need to made a difference across Western Bay. You can read more below.

If you need any more information on any of the below subjects you can get more advice at www.wbsb.co.uk

Child sexual exploitation is the coercion or manipulation of children and young people into taking part in sexual activities. It is a form of sexual abuse involving an exchange of some form of payment which can include money, mobile phones and other items, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay, ‘protection’ or affection. The vulnerability of the young person and grooming process employed by perpetrators renders them powerless to recognise the exploitative nature of relationships and unable to give informed consent.

Human Trafficking – is the trade in humans most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour, commercial exploitation for the trafficker or others, or for the extraction of organs or tissues including surrogacy & ova removal.

Everyone think slavery was just about the sex trade, Its Not. It is about the human exploitation for the purpose of labour exploitation, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

When you mention Human Trafficking, people believe it is happening between International borders, no its not, it is happening here in Wales and in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.

The latest figures from the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation show 25 million people were trapped in forced labour globally in 2016. Of those, 16 million are thought to be in the private sector, involved in domestic work, construction or agriculture, and 4.8 million in forced sexual exploitation.

The official number of victims in Wales remains fairly low, with 125 recorded through the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) referral mechanism last year, but this is a fourfold increase since 2012. And across the UK, there has been a 300% rise in the victims of modern slavery referred for support over the past six years, according to figures released this week by the Salvation Army. The increase is a reflection of the growing number of modern slaves in the UK and improved identification, the charity says.

In 2014, the International Labour Office estimated the total profit obtained from the use of forced labour to be $150.2 billion per year.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background. Mental health problems take many different forms e.g. schizophrenia, depression and eating disorders, and can affect people in different ways.

Poor mental health is known to be linked to poorer physical health and shorter life expectancy, than compared to people without a mental health problem.

We all go through stressful events from to time that can change our normal behaviour. Short-term changes to behaviour are common. We may feel more stressed, angry or sad. These feelings are not always a sign of mental illness.

But changes in behaviour can be a sign that your relative is developing a mental illness. You may notice that they start to behave differently. You may see a change over a short time or over a number of months.

If you have concerns you can visit your GP, various charities or you can ask social services to carry out a needs assessment.

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may experience cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.

Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know, as well as from strangers. Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world (for example bullying or grooming). Or it may be that the abuse only happens online (for example persuading children to take part in sexual activity online).

Children can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.

Online Abuse and Exploitation can include:

  • Bullying online or Cyberbullying
  • Online Grooming
  • Child Sexual Abuse Online

If you are concerned about Online Abuse and Exploitation, visit wbsb.co.uk for more information.

Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence

VAWDASV is not acceptable in any of its forms, and anyone experiencing it is not to blame and is not alone. There is help and support available for anyone who needs it regardless of age, sex, cultural background, sexuality, disability etc.

This includes things such as:

  • Violence Against Women
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional and Psychological Abuse
  • Coercion and control
  • Stalking and Harassment
  • Sexual Violence

If you, a family member or friend is experiencing any of these VAWDASV issues then there is help and support out there for you. It can be very difficult to admit what is happening or what has happened in the past but asking for support is the first step in keeping yourself and any children safe and well.

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