The ongoing fight against child sexual abuse
Picture taken from NSPCC websiteA report published this week by the NSPCC shows that the number of recorded sexual offences against children in England and Wales has risen by a third compared to last year.With more than two children a day in Sussex reporting that they are victims of sexual abuse, there is an even greater need to improve support services for those brave enough to come forward.
The Easthill Park Community Café, which opened in March 2015 with supportive funding from the PCC, is proving to be a real hit with local residents according to project worker and local man, John Shepherd.Apart from offering Park users much needed refreshments and encouraging more people to enjoy the area, the non profit making café is providing on-the-job training and advice for young unemployed residents.
Sussex Youth Commission (SYC) members Lakeisha Kayoka, 21, and Mageed Gharib, 22, were joined by Peter Allan, Hate Crime Sergeant for Sussex Police at Sussex Coast College Hastings, for an interactive workshop on hate crime.The event was part of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission’s Sussex-wide consultation called the ‘Big Conversation’. Around 20 students and several members of staff got involved and were forthcoming about their own distressing experiences of hate crime.
Officers across the county are stepping up their activities to encourage crime prevention, track down wanted offenders and cut the number of break-ins in Sussex during the warmer months. Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the police campaign.She said: “We all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars. I’d also like to recognise the ongoing work of volunteers and partners who continue to support the local neighbourhood police teams by working with residents to highlight the risks and provide guidance around how to keep our homes and personal property secure. Together we can beat burglary in Sussex.”
The Police &Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission members were recently invited to the Chichester Foyer, a supported living service provider for 16-25 year olds at risk of homelessness, to talk about how to improve their relationships with the police.
Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2015) is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UKResidents in Sussex are being encouraged to join a scheme that involves volunteers checking on the welfare of those detained in police custody to ensure their human rights are being upheld.
Six members of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission spent the day gathering the views and opinions of over 80 young people at the Brighton Youth Arts Festival on Saturday (23 May).
Webcast Available Here :http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/167058...
Victims of crime in Brighton and Hove will now be able to access a range of restorative justice (RJ) services due to the recent opening of a specialist RJ hub in John Street Police Station.The Brighton office is one of three multi-agency hubs to open across the county, staffed with RJ specialists from Sussex Police and Victim Support. The other two hubs are in Bexhill and Bognor Regis.