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Bullying

If you think someone is bullying you or you are worried or frightened, tell someone you trust exactly what is happening or contact the National Bullying Helpline.  Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets. Help and…

Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

What is CSE? Child sexual exploitation (CSE) happens when a young person is encouraged – or forced – to take part in sexual activity. It might be in exchange for presents, money, alcohol or simply emotional attention. People who commit child sexual exploitation often ‘groom’ their…

Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic abuse is behaviour from a family member, partner or ex-partner that: is controlling, coercive, threatening, violent or abusive happens between people aged over 16 Domestic violence and abuse can happen to men or women. If you're a woman you can call the National Domestic…

Early Help (safeguarding)

COG Teams provide Targeted Family Support to families at tiers 3 or 4 of the Sandwell Safeguarding Board Threshold Document. They also provide advice and guidance to professionals about how to provide help to families as early as possible. A COG Team is based in…

Gang culture

There is a growing culture amongst young people to become involved in gangs for protection, a sense of identity, status, friendship, money and sex. Joining a gang will not give you more protection; it could enhance your chance of being targeted as a victim. Gang members make far…

Knife crime

‘Knife crime’ is simply any crime that involves a knife. This includes: carrying a knife or trying to buy one if you’re under 18 threatening someone with a knife carrying a knife that is banned a murder where the victim was stabbed with a knife…

Parenting guide to online and digital safety

Kids are spending more and more time online, so as parents you need advice to help keep them safe. You may feel out of touch with Snapchat and Instagram. Do you know who they are chatting to online, what they are uploading, who they are…

Radicalisation

Radicalisation is when an individual or group adopt extreme political, social, or religious views that can lead to violence. Spotting the signs of radicalisation Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include: isolating themselves from family and…

Safeguarding

Safeguarding children is everyone's business. If a child is in immediate danger, you should contact the police by dialling 999 If you have concerns about a child or young person suffering from harm, neglect or abuse, but believe they are not at immediate risk, call 0121 569 3100…