Dudley Community Safety Partnership Consultation

This year’s Safe and Sound, Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership consultation will take place on Wednesday 28th September 2016, at Dudley Council House, from 6.30 pm  – 9.00 pm (doors will open at 6.00 for refreshments and information market place).

Following positive feedback from last year’s event, the format will again be less formal than in previous years and will incorporate workshop sessions to give people who attend a better opportunity to have their say about community safety concerns and enable us to collect information to plan future Community Safety priorities.

For the second year members of the community who cannot attend can also complete an online survey in order to share their Community Safety Priorities, the link to this is included in the below poster and I would ask that this is also promoted.

Please find attached an electronic poster promoting the event.  I would appreciate if you could circulate this to any community members /  groups that you work with and encourage attendance. Booking details are included in the poster,FTP 2016 Posters places can be booked online, via email or by Telephone

Please do forward this to any relevant distribution lists you may have to ensure as many residents are aware of the event as possible

Further publicity will take place from the middle of August

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Katriona Lafferty , Community Safety Officer (Reducing Vulnerability)

DMBC Community Safety Team

PCC Victims fund is launched

We have been informed that this year’s Victims Fund has been launched – there will be one round of funding this year.  Applications are available from the OPCC’s website as detailed below.

“Good causes that support the victims of crime can now apply for a slice of £300,000. Applications for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victims Fund 2016/17 are open.

The fund was set up by David Jamieson to improve victims’ services and maximise the potential of the voluntary and community organisations that support the victims of crime.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on September 9, 2016.

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for voluntary and community organisations that support victims and helps them cope and recover. Groups can apply as individuals or together as a partnership.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “Supporting the victims of crime is my top priority as PCC. This funding is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. I would encourage groups to apply.”

Link to information:  http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/consultation/victims-fund

Please consider if an application from your organisation is appropriate and please cascade information to others as appropriate. Thank you.

Scope ready for new referrals

As you may be aware, we are currently extending the platforms of our Face2face service.  We now have volunteers trained and awaiting referrals to provide one to one support via Skype.  The service offers all the traditional benefits Face2face support by utilising available technology

For more information please contact  Sarah Thompson

Face 2 Face Co-ordinator Dudley

Tel: 07436 805494

Email: sarah.thompson@scope.org.uk

Safeguarding Training


Raising Awareness of CSE & Trafficking, 27th September, Saltwells

2 sessions available 10 am-12 noon or 2-4 pm


Parental Substance Misuse & Safeguarding Children, 29th September, Saltwells

There is a charge of £25 for this training.




Helping Each Other Training


Helping Each Other

Helping Each Other was an ARC three year project, funded by Comic Relief.  The innovative project trained 12 young people with learning disabilities, who have experienced sexual exploitation, to become peer trainers, and supported them to deliver awareness sessions to 200 other young people with learning disabilities. They were also supported to make presentations at conferences and workshops, and to groups of professionals.

As part of the project, materials were developed that can be used independently to raise awareness about sexual exploitation with more young people with learning disabilities. These can be downloaded below:

Peer Education Workshops

Staff Training Workshops

Media Coverage

Although the Helping Each Other project has been completed, ARC continues to work in the area of raising awareness of sexual exploitation and learning disability, and is keen to be contacted with any queries, comments or issues that arise from your work. Please contact the project co-ordinator, Rod Landman direct:

Modern Day Slavery Conference

The West Midlands Anti Slavery Network

in partnership with

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

OPCC Victims Commission 

West Midlands Police



invite you to a one day conference on 

18th October 2016 – Anti Slavery Day

MODERN SLAVERY – The Victim’s Journey

The Victims Journey is intended to to provide an insight into the journey of a victim from the point of contact with the trafficker, through to their rescue and aftercare provisions provided by partners within the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network in the West Midlands. It will highlight gaps in provision and how we may all address these by working in partnership, enhancing awareness/training and sharing information.

This conference is aimed at all organisations that may encounter victims in their day to day work. This  includes First Responders of the National Referral Mechanism including Local Authorities and Police. It is also aimed at the NHS, Health Trusts, Fire Service, Ambulance Services, Adult and Child Safeguarding Boards and Third Sector organisations.

It will also be of huge value to Business and Industry and the role they have in terms of working in partnership to eradicate modern slavery and labour exploration in the West Midlands.

All the speakers will have first hand experience of working with victims and give an insight into their plight and trauma that cannot be ignored and will inspire us to work together in partnership to eradicate slavery in the West Midlands.

The day promises to be impactive and will equip you with the tools to better support victims and tackle perpetrators.

Come and join us and let’s do all we can to prevent this abusive and barbaric practice.

 Click on the link below to register and use password:victimsjourney